I was distressed at the number of "free pets to good homes" ads in the paper lately, and just had to write to let people know what happens to many of the pets obtained through such ads. Much too frequently, the humane societies and other animal rescue organizations are called in to rescue former "free to good home" pets - if the pets are lucky.
There are very good reasons that Animal Rescue, the Humane Society, and Animal Control all charge an adoption fee for their animals. These small fees in no way begin to cover the cost incurred for medical treatment and upkeep of the pets they adopt out.
Did you know:
* People value what they pay for. Pets obtained for free are more likely to be abused and/or discarded, because "there are plenty more where that came from!"