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There is an estimated 2.7 million animals enter UK animal shelters each year. Of these, 1.2 million are cats, 664,000 are dogs, and 184,000 are other animals (fish, small mammals, etc.).

Why do we have adoption fees? 

We are a volunteer run animal rescue and receive no government funding. We rely solely on public donations to keep going. Our adoption fees mainly cover the practical costs of rescuing an animal. Unlike the larger charities, who have their own in house veterinarians, we have to pay full price for all of the veterinary treatment just like any member of public.  

Pets can be expensive! Not only do we cover the animals basic medical costs such as neutering, a lot of the animals we take into rescue need additional care, support and medical attention. All funds we receive through donations and adoptions fees goes directly towards maintaining the animals within our care. 

What does the fee cover? 

The adoption fee we charge goes towards the following costs:

• Spaying & Neutering – the vast majority of cats and dogs we rescue have not yet received this treatment. For cats, the cost of neutering ranges from £55-£100 depending on the sex and local practice charges, for dogs, its a lot more!!

• Vaccinations – Vaccinations are an essential part of caring for cats and dogs! Vaccines provide protection from viruses and diseases that can impact the overall health of your pet.

• Microchipping – Not only does microchipping increase the chances of you and your pet being reunited returned safely, it helps prevent theft, and offer closure for any animals found deceased or injured. 

• Transport – We rescue animals from all over the country, transport them too and from veterinary appointments and sometimes deliver animals to their new homes. The cost of fuel is at an all time high, therefore, we must consider this component when considering our adoption fees.  

• Food – Some animals are not ready to be re-homed immediately due to requiring further training, assessment or vet appointments. During this time someone has to pay the food bill! on average, a kitten born in a rescue centre will typically consume 224 pouches of food during their stay, using the cheapest brand of kitten food, that equates to £56!! and that's just the wet food. 

• Vet treatment – Aside from the neutering, microchipping and vaccinations, some animals have other health issues that need treating before they can be re-homed. The rescue covers all of these cost until the animal is restored to full health. 

• Kennel costs – occasionally we will receive an emergency phone call and we have no space with foster carers to place and animal. In this circumstance, we use local kennels/catteries to house the animal until we can find a suitable foster placement.

So many of our animals that come to Roxies animal rescue come from a terrible background and they deserve every chance of security, love and the care they deserve in a new home. 

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