Commissioners may raise pet adoption fees

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 09:03 PM

The adoption fees at the Vance County Animal Shelter might soon increase.

The Vance County Board of Commissioners public safety committee recently voted to raise the adoption fees for dogs to $150 and $100 for cats.

The current adoption fees are $36 for male dogs and $43 for female dogs, which includes spaying and neutering, and parvo virus, distemper and bordetella vaccines. Puppies are also dewormed.

The current adoption fees are $26 for male cats and $33 for female cats, which includes spaying and neutering and feline distemper vaccine.

If the dogs and cats are old enough for rabies, they are given the shots for an additional $5.

The full board will need to approve the increase at its next regular meeting March 10.

County Manager Jerry Ayscue said the new fees reflect the actual costs of providing those services and vaccines, which are now mostly subsidized by the county.

The added costs would also include additional vaccines for both dogs and cats.

“I will say these fees have been at this level for between 20 to 25 years,” Ayscue said.

County Commissioner Dan Brummitt, who is on the public safety committee, said the increased fees will benefit Animal Control.

“It’s a test up front,” he said. “It does a couple things. One, do you have enough money to support an animal’s well being and health? And that $200 commitment up front says you do.

“The other thing is we have some individuals choose to play pet of the month and when they get tired of one they bring it back, so this will be a good deterrent to that so it’s got some benefits.”

Animal Control Chief Frankie Nobles said the shelter sees about six to eight adoptions per month, but the change could bring the number of adoptions to two to three a month.

He said the main issue is that some animals leave the shelter without being spayed or neutered.

“The contract now says you have to get it spayed or neutered within six months, but I don’t have the staff to follow up on every adoption to see if they have done it or not,” Nobles said.

The commissioners had discussed the animal shelter at the annual board retreat in January.

They committed to developing a three-year plan for constructing a new animal shelter, in coordination with Animal Advisory Committee, by the end of the fiscal year.

They also agreed to clear the lot, place a sign to identify the facility and establish a fundraising process by October.

Nobles said the Animal Advisory Committee is in the process of finding someone to sponsor the sign.

“They are working on getting a diagram for the sign and they are trying to find someone who will donate it to us,” he said. “They are working on that, so as soon as they find the right person they are going to make up a sign diagram and then have the board take a look at.”

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