In the middle of March, we at the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation, appeared in court for a case of animal neglect hoping for a strict punishment; only to learn a sad personal story. The owner had cancer when she received this 8 week old puppy. She called her dog “Hero”. She loved her dog for many years.
She had to go to the hospital, leaving Hero, then 15 years old, in the care of her son. She called frequently from the hospital, asking how Hero was. Her son assured her he was fine. When she got home from the hospital, she discovered Hero was very ill. Due to her illness, she was financially stressed. She took Hero to the vet, but because she didn’t have the MONEY up front, the vet refused service. She offered a post-dated cheque. It was refused. This is the same vet that took her money a couple of months prior to give Casper her shots, but didn’t tell her the dog was fading and that the dog didn’t require shots every year anyway, especially at that age. Our vet would have been honest.
She didn’t want to take her dog to the SPCA because they said they would put her dog down. What a terrible decision to have to make when she had hopes that vet care would save her Hero. She asked if she could be with Hero in his last moments. She was refused. They said they would put him down whenever they “had time”. She decided against this as she couldn’t bear the thought of Hero dying with strangers. She asked if there was any organization that could help her. They told her “no”. She’d had already checked with several vets and heard the same story — no money, no care for Hero.
After several days of nursing Hero at home and with a heavy heart, she finally decided to bring her Hero to the SPCA. Lack of MONEY gave her no choice. When the staff at the SPCA saw the condition Hero was in, they pressed charges of neglect.
Another case in point; a lady brought her cat to her vet clinic as the cat was showing signs of a urinary tract infection. The vet said the cheapest way to go was to give the cat an antibiotic shot and 7 days of antibiotics to bring home. The charge would be between $350 – $400. The exam alone would be $105.
She called the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation in desperation. I called our vet. He examined the cat, gave her cat an antibiotic shot and sent her home with 10 days of antibiotics. The total cost was $57 (with the 20% discount we receive).
Recently we came across a dog that needed his patella repaired. The dog’s owners were quoted $3500 – $4000. Our vet was able to do the surgery and post op care for a grand total of $900.
On September 28th, an 11 month old pregnant cat was giving birth to 11 kittens well into the wee hours of the morning when she ran into trouble. They had planned on spaying Casper but had been quoted $340 for a spay and shots, so she was saving for this. One day the kids let Casper out and the owners soon suspected pregnancy although there had been no signs Casper was in heat. They brought Casper into the vet’s on September 13th because she didn’t seem to be feeling well. The vet told her that, because she was pregnant, it was going to cost $540 to spay her. She was charged $120 for that exam and all the vet did was look at her stomach. No thorough examination.
The morning of September 28th her owner raced to the emergency vet clinic with mother cat and kittens. They refused to care for them because she had a post dated cheque, which was the only way her owner could finance this emergency. The owner had the money coming, but that wasn’t good enough. She brought proof that she had a steady job, a steady cheque by showing them her bank statements proving she had regular cheques from the same place. She gave them her employer’s phone number to verify she’d been employed for 7 years. The mother cat lost her life. She’s dead. Greed killed this mother cat and possibly some of her kittens. Imagine how the 6- and 8-year old children and the parents feel having lost Casper because of lack of funds.
Rest in peace, Casper.
We have plenty more personal stories and testimonies of heartbreaks too numerous to mention.
We at the D.A.I.S.Y? Foundation have been fighting a losing battle in the alleys of the City of Calgary. There is a serious over population of wild cats in our city. We have made it our business to trap feral cats, spay/neuter them and then find them homes. The problem is: feral cats don’t make good house pets so we attempt to place them on farms and places of business such as warehouses and garages. Even though this may not sound like a good idea, we are running out of locations to place these poor lost souls and MONEY to spay/neuter these feral cats.
We are in need of donations and folks to help with fund raisers in order to keep helping animals and their human companions who so desperately want to help their loyal pets, but are in a financial bind and are being turned away by their vets.
What is the cause of this cat over population? The answer: People are not spaying and neutering their pets. Their cats have litter after litter, many of which end up being abandoned; and the cycle continues.
We find cats that are emaciated, matted, injured, parts frozen off, etc. The torment these animals are subjected to is heartbreaking for us.
Why aren’t people being responsible by spaying and neutering their pets? The answer: It costs a fortune to care for a pet because the veterinary costs are way too high. The average person cannot afford to take their pets in to be spayed/neutered, let alone take them for regular dental cleanings, shots, emergencies, etc. in these tough financial times.
Many people live pay cheque to pay cheque in these tough economical times. An illness or an injury would leave these people with suffering animals at home. Imagine sitting at home watching your dog suffer and die because of medical neglect, all because of MONEY.
After a brief investigation, it has been discovered that the cost to spay a cat at an average Calgary vet clinic ranges from $235 to $509 and dogs range from $250 to $590. A simple dental cleaning without extractions ranges from $500 to $1,000. With extractions, the bill could run well into the thousands of dollars.
We use a vet clinic in NE Calgary. This clinic is clean, modern, well-staffed and manned by highly qualified, experienced veterinarians. Their prices: spaying a cat is $125, spaying a small dog $140, dental $200, $15 for a simple extraction.
Our experienced veterinarian spends in labour time:
Please note the above prices and procedure times are based on 15 – 30 lb. healthy cats and dogs.
Our point is this: if veterinary prices were reasonable, more animals would have better care and people would be able to afford to spay/neuter their pets and give them proper care. Rest in peace, Hero & Casper and all the other animals that have died because of the lack of MONEY and the greed of vet clinics.
If the vets had more customers, it would help the economy by having to hire more staff and/or open more clinics.
If our vet clinic can make a decent profit charging $125 to spay a cat, why are Calgarians being charged up to and sometimes over $500?
The vets want too much MONEY; the SPCA gives people no choices. What are pet owners to do when greed overpowers humanity? Please help us continue to help others with a donation of some funds or your time or even both.