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Cost of Breed Specific Legislation To Shelters

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John Griffin is the director of shelter services at the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. They are committed to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals and are distinguished as America’s First Animal Shelter.

What is the cost of Breed Specific Legislature to shelters?

So here in Bensalem and Women’s Human Society and bully breed dogs, they can have a length of stay of about a month longer than out another breed of dog and that can be for a variety of reasons. When we did the math, it does cost us just to clean up, care for, feed, about 5 dollars a day. So, that extra month, that $150 that could be a surgery for an animal, that $150 can be spent there rather than additional 30 days of care for a dog who is perfectly adaptable, perfectly happy and medically sound, and that money is now spent to clean up and care for that animal and feed. And that five dollars a day does not include vetting. $5 a day just to disinfect, clean and feed.

Can the shelter afford to keep good dogs at the shelter?

According to an average cost to take a dog in (not including housing and feeding):

  • Veterinary wellness visit and exam $50-100
  • Spaying or neutering $150-300
  • Distemper vaccination $20-30×2
  • Rabies vaccination $15-25
  • Heartworm test (for dogs) $15-35
  • Feline Leukemia/FIV test (for cats) $30-50
  • Flea/tick treatment $50-200
  • Microchip $50
  • Deworming $20-50
  • Collar and an identification tag $5-10
  • TOTAL: $425-880 states these as their monthly costs to care for a dog:

  • $30 average monthly food and a fun treat or two
  • $30-$100 grooming
  • $10 average monthly heartworm & flea/tick

We all love the idea of no-kill shelters and it makes us feel good knowing that dogs are adopted into loving homes. The harsh truth is that keeping dogs who are wonderful companions but are bullied by society puts a financial strain on the shelters and unfortunate decisions have to be made. Educate your community about the cost of Breed Specific Legislature not only to the taxpayers but to your local shelters and rescues.