From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a policy at the Nevada Humane Society.
Carolyn called this week, asking why the Nevada Humane Society charges people to surrender animals. She said she dropped off seven kittens, and it cost her $175. She is frustrated and called us to get an answer.
First of all, it is important to keep in mind the Nevada Humane Society relies completely on donations for support. So, they do need to charge for the services they provide.
Joe looked into what it costs to surrender an animal at the Humane Society. It is $50 for a dog or cat that has not been spayed or neutered, and $25 dollars for a pet that has already been spayed or neutered, or "altered," as they call it.
Why the fees? When you surrender your dog or cat, the Humane Society makes sure the animal is spayed or neutered, as well as micro-chipped and vaccinated. They also get whatever medical care they may need. It all costs money and they simply cannot provide these services without charging a fee.
Kimberly Chandler is in charge of Communications at the Humane Society. She said they do their best to work with customers in any way they can, and in some cases, they do offer reduced fees for their services.