There are over three million animals euthanized in this country every year.
I was so upset reading the Oct. 2 Herald story of the young man whose companion animal was lost, taken to the Everett Animal Shelter, and the claim fee was over $200. I had no idea how exorbitant that was. I can see a fee for chipping or kenneling and any compensation for veterinary care. But, really?
How many of those pets (family member) won’t or can’t be returned because of the cost, when it’s a choice between rent, utilities or food? And I’m sure that happens. Then what? The animal is put up for adoption, often for less than the reclamation fee. And if it isn’t adopted in a certain amount of time, is it euthanized?
Thank God we have the wonderful no-kill shelters in our area. And thank God that man was able to get his special friend back.
And please, don’t think I don’t think highly of the Everett Animal Shelter and the angels who work there.
I once even wrote a thank you to them for helping with a truly, heart-breaking situation.