Barbara and I thought that we were getting our debts under control. Over the last three or four years, we’ve found ourselves sinking into a sea of debt, caused in no small part by the vet bills, not to mention the boat. But we thought that we were getting pretty close to paying things off.
Well, the vet bill came today. $11,250. In May alone, we spent over $5,000 at the vet’s, the largest shares going for Chewy and Ballet. Who both died while still in treatment. We simply can’t keep spending at this rate. $60,000 a year would allow a family of four to live fairly comfortably. If this continues, we will not even be able to pay for gas and electricity, never mind food, car insurance, and the like.
After we released Chewy to go to the Bridge, I asked Dr. Chris what her thoughts were about this issue. She was very sympathetic and said, among other things, that the number one reason why rescue organizations cease operations is finances. Her suggestion, which I’m embarrassed to admit never occurred to me, was that we should develop a set of written policies that describes various categories of rescues, breaking it down by age, by temperament, by level of illness, etc. — in other words, adoptability and probability of success should be the two prime considerations. A dog that is unadoptable because of temperament should not have thousands of dollars spent on it. A dog that is 16 years old (as Chewy was) and has many medical problems, followed by a serious crisis, should not have thousands of dollars spent on it.
For many years, we have never once had to turn down a Sheltie in need of rescue, nor have we ever had to eschew medical care for a rescued Sheltie. And that’s how we got into so much debt. We have to change or give up Sheltie Rescue.
On this day..
- Paxton Needs a Home – 2010