They really feel that way about pit bulls? That's just sad. I personally love HSUS and ASPCA way better. PETA can be a joke sometimes, with all the naked women campaigns.
I did get extremely reduced rates for spay and neuter surgeries. Rabies vaccinations, ear notching, the surgery itself and any other complications that may arise are all covered by the $30 fee for males and $40 for females. I got this discount because I'm a volunteer for the humane society. I am now getting help from a feral cat assistance program who has already given me two FREE traps that I wasn't able to afford before (and they also ask me if I need more but I really don't since my vet only allows us to bring in two ferals at a time each day). They also have been fostering my ferals during their 2-3 day recovery period after surgery!
In the email, she also said she can come down to physically help me but I really don't think I need help. Well I do, but I don't want to hassle her too much since she's already doing SO much. She lives so far away and we always meet up out in the country, she drives like an hour to pick up the cats and then meets me again to give me the cats after 2 days so that I can release them back to their home. So basically this vet has already agreed to take up to 30 bucks off of the surgery price. I mean it is originally 60 dollars per cat which is already a huge discount but then he took 30 bucks off more. I mean what more could I ask?
We decided when we first started our TNR group every cat we trapped would get everything they needs in vet care. Does that strap us at times? Absolutely, yes. But weíve also had people come forward and generously give to us to keep us afloat. Do we take money out of our own pockets? You better believe it. It may sound like an extra expense but fleas can create major health issues in cats. Worms in cats can affect them not getting nutrition from the food they consume which affects their quality of life. Vaccinations are important so they wonít spread diseases among the colonies.
This makes so much sense. What kind of vaccinations do you do? I would definitely be able to do dewormer if you're saying it's that important. My only concern was if they would get worms again from being outdoors so isn't that pointless? And it costs $18 to put flea medication on each cat, don't you think that's too expensive? They charge $15 for dewormer though which I think is a good price but the flea medication should be way cheaper. Next time I take more ferals to the clinic, I am definitely going to ask the vet if he can give me a discount on the flea med. and dewormer, maybe if I'm lucky he'll say $10 each. I need to know what vaccinations are the most important, i'm thinking FeLV and FIV. Maybe he can give me a discount on those too.
If he doesn't then there's another vet that does TNR surgeries in my city and the feral cat assistance program takes their TNR cats to that clinic everyday. I mean these women go all over my city TNRing cats everyday! Sometimes they do it everyday of the week. So hopefully that vet will be a little more understanding.
I did think about deworming and defleaing several times, but I always thought they'd get the worms and fleas again from being outdoors so I figured I'd be wasting money.
The FCAP lady asked me if I needed financial assistance and I said no. I am too shy to say I need money. I guess I'm not desperate at this point. It's just going to take me some more time to do this, it's like everyday I see a new cat in my neighborhood. But I am going to try my best to do all of them. I already did like 11 cats so I'm proud of that. In another 2 or 3 weeks, I should already have 10 more cats done since I have these traps now so it'll be a quicker process.