Senatobia’s Board of Aldermen approved fee changes for the Tate County/Senatobia Animal Shelter at its meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 7.
The raise in prices comes after a recent decision by the city to once again allow the shelter to accept cats.
The adoption rates for dogs increased from $80 to $100, and cat adoption fees went from $60 to $80. The new rates will go into effect October 1. This is the first time the rates have been adjusted since the shelter was founded in 2009.
“Like the rest of the world is experiencing, the cost of practically everything has gone up. With our increased supply prices we have decided it is necessary to increase our adoption fees so we can still maintain the same services we have always offered,” said Courtney Scott, Director of the Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter. “This is to offset the cost of our inhouse medical supplies.”
The adoption fees at the shelter cover spay/neuter surgeries, flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention, dewormer, rabies vaccine, and one yearly booster vaccine for adult dogs and at least two puppy vaccines.
“That fee does not include an additional maintenance such as food, maybe a different type of dewormer, if what we typically use did not fully work, or any type of day to day needs the animals here might have,” said Scott. “The shelter pays for the vaccines, heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, dewormers, and mange treatment -we give Bravecto unless otherwise prescribed by a veterinarian. All vet visits, like spay/neuter surgeries, emergency visits, xrays, or any additional veterinary services are paid for by donations to Friends of Senatobia Animals (FOSA).”
As an additional issue caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the shelter experienced an increase in pet surrenders and now faces issues with pet abandonment. Scott explained more residents were adopting at the beginning of the pandemic.
“Last year at the start of the pandemic we experienced high adoption rates. My assumption was because kids and families were home during the statewide shutdown and wanted to add a new family member to help pass the time,” said Scott.
Now as more people are returning to work and school, the shelter has seen more abandoned pets in need of rescue.
“This year after everyone started going back to school and work we noticed several dogs/cats being returned or thrown out. There have even been several instances where people have been evicted or forced to move and leave their animals behind. We even faced some concerns from some animal rescue groups in northern states about animal transport through that state being allowed,” explained Scott.
The shelter will hold an adoption event Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Life Point Church located at 822 Scott Street in Senatobia. There will be a special on fees for the event. Cat adoptions will be $25, and fees for dogs will be $45.
“Adoptions have slowed down all over and that has greatly impacted shelter, humane societies, and rescue groups throughout the US,” said Scott.