Vincennes Pet Port adopts fee increase, still loses money

A cat housed at the Vincennes Pet Port naps on a pillow.
A cat housed at the Vincennes Pet Port naps on a pillow.

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vincennes City Council Monday officially approved a fee increase for the Vincennes Pet Port, rising its adoption and pet surrender costs. The adoption costs were increased earlier in the year, but were put on city books Monday Night. Even with the change in pricing structure, the Pet Port will still stand to lose money on cat adoptions.

A document provided to News 10 explained the costs the shelter pays when it receives an animal. In total, the shelter pays an amount of $86.70 to house a cat. The price to adopt is a cat is a flat rate of $80. Shelter administrators noted the price includes things like a microchip, medicines and preventative care.

The price the shelter pays to house a dog is $84.98, according to the document. The adoption fee for a dog is $110. Laura Arial, the Pet Port’s Director, explained the increase in cost correlates with the care the animals receive.

“The reason that prices went up is because we are doing a lot more for the animals now, so these prices better reflect what we are doing. We’re pretty much breaking even,” added Arial, “And what that’s going to do is ensure the people that are adopting these animals in our community and outside our community are getting more healthy animals.”

According to Arial, the pet port hoovers around 120 animals. The shelter had already adopted out 8 animals in August. Arial explained the shelter, on average, adopts out 30 animals per month.

“We haven’t had anybody complain about animal adoption prices after we explain to them what they’re getting with that adoption,” said Arial.

Another move made at the City Council meeting raised the fee the Pet Port charges for surrendered animals. Staffers noted that with an already full shelter, adding additional pets is difficult. Arial added, it’s imperative to keep shelter numbers at or below capacity to remain a ‘No Kill’ shelter.

The reason that we’ve done that is because we can’t keep taking peoples’ owned animals into the shelter. We pick up everything that’s running at large,” said Arial, “I think maybe people just don’t know, or don’t care, that their dogs have to be on a leash, there are leash laws.”
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