Prices at the Watertown Humane Society are in line with other area shelters, and personnel are trying to recover some of the costs of care for the animals. All dogs at the Shelter are tested for heartworm and all cats are tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLeuk) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) before they are put out in general population.
Many animals come in with fleas, ticks, lice, ear and eye infections, and upper respiratory infections (URIs) and need to be treated with medications such as antibiotics, flea baths, ear mite medication, and several doses of deworming medication before they are adoptable. In general, the costs of all such testing and treatments go far above the dollar amounts charged for adoptions!
When the costs of spaying and neutering are added, an adopted animal costs far less at a shelter than from a breeder or a stray picked up from off the street, who will need multiple veterinarian visits to be totally healthy.
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