Saturday, December 22, 2012

What your dollars do for the animals

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It's the end of December, and many of us are checking our account balances to see if we have a little extra to donate to worthy causes, doing some last-minute holiday shopping, crossing our fingers and toes for a surprise end-of-year bonus, and making resolutions around financial goals in 2013. The common thread to all of these! Very few feel they have enough of it, and we're all trying to make our dollars go as far as possible, now more than ever.

This is especially true at BEBHS. We do absolutely everything we can think of to make every dollar count, and to make as much of every donated dollar go straight to the animals as possible. It's not easy, and this is a  challenge that all animal welfare organizations (and all non-profits) face. We know that what we provide for our animals and our community of adopters and supporters could never be counted in dollars alone. Finding a loving home for an animal is priceless, and providing loving companions for members of our community is more meaningful than money could ever express.

But daily care of animals takes moolah! Many people are surprised to learn that adoption fees only cover a small percentage of the care animals receive while waiting for their forever homes. At BEBHS we often take in animals whose medical needs can't be met at other shelters, and we commit to giving those animals the care they need to be healthy and ready for adoption, making our furry friends particularly expensive little investments!

We get all of these expenses out of the way so that when adopters come in to find their new family member, as little financial burden as possible falls on their shoulders. We couldn't provide such a high standard for care without volunteers, foster parents, staff, and generous contributions from our supporters

We thought we'd show you a little breakdown of costs to care for animals at BEBHS, just to give you a better sense of how things around here add up:
            $545 is the average cost for one animal for a two-week stay before adoption
            $300 is the average cost of medical care per animal
            $150 covers the cost of one spay/neuter operation
            $50 feeds one dog for a month
            $25 provides one flea treatment
            $20 provides necessary vaccination for one animal
            $10 feeds one dog for a week
            $5 supports medical care for a kitten for one day

Things add up pretty quickly, but we know they're worth it.

We wish you all a joyous holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

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