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Animal shelters are finding it difficult to keep up with rising costs

Shelters are finding it difficult to keep up with escalating prices.

Key Takeaways:

  • Food, transportation, and a variety of other necessities are growing increasingly expensive, making animal shelters even more difficult to run.
  • Laferriere uses a variety of funds to meet expenses, including a GoFundMe effort to raise funds for a new site.
  • Furthermore, with each gas station stop, fewer people are volunteering to drive pets for Tails for Freedom Rescue.

Food, transportation, and various other commodities are becoming increasingly expensive, making it even more difficult for animal shelters to operate.

Miss J.LA’s Fur Babies Cat Cafe and Adoption Centre is bustling with felines as it holds one more fundraiser in its current location before moving.

The event is more essential than ever because the expense of caring for so many animals has skyrocketed.

In an interview on Sunday, owner Jennifer Laferriere said, “Even looking for a house to rent, everything has gone up since we were looking in 2018.” “As a result, prices are rising. Everything, including cat food and litter, has increased in price, as has vet treatment.”

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Laferriere uses a variety of monies to assist cover costs, even launching a GoFundMe campaign to gather money for a new site.

“We charge to see the kitties while we are open. That goes toward looking after them, “she stated. “We are entirely reliant on donations. Just to get a new place, we hold monthly auctions.”

Tails for Freedom Rescue has a similar story.

The charity spends roughly $10,000 per month on vet costs, a significant expense when donations are scarce.

“We’re seeing a slowdown because individuals are experiencing the effects of inflation personally,” Andrea Hilderman, the rescue’s spay and neuter coordinator, said. “It’s taking more money to operate their family, and there’s less leftover to support rescues.”

In addition, fewer people are offering to drive cats for Tails for Freedom Rescue, which is getting worse with each gas station stop.

Shelters are finding it difficult to keep up with escalating prices.
Shelters are finding it difficult to keep up with escalating prices. Image from The Bark

“At the end of our clinics, I usually stress that we don’t have clinics unless we have drivers,” Hilderman stated. “Our clinics are mostly in Treherne, and our veterinarian is in Treherne, so we require people to get up at 5 a.m. and drive 10 cats to Treherne.”

The Animal Food Bank also feels the effects of the driver shortage, as demand for food and pet supplies remains high.

“I’m very passionate about the delivery approach. It’s how I started the food bank, so I’d like it to stay that way, and we’re looking for a cost reduction because it’s affecting our ability to provide food as well as supplies to pets in need,” Nicole Wilks, founder of Animal Food Bank, noted.

According to Wilks, the cost of pet food has also increased, which is an issue because the charity is experiencing a decline in donations.

“All pet food producers and distributors are seeing similar price hikes, and you can see it trickle down,” Wilks said.

Despite the increased fees and inconveniences, the organizations believe that aiding the animals is well worth it.

“That is the entire point. We’re here: to preserve them and place them in loving homes, “Laferriere stated.

Source: CTV News

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