Alas, there will be no cute pictures of Freya in this week's Mid-week kitteh. Instead, I need a moment to rant.
Earlier, I posted about getting Artemis spayed now that she's no longer sick with the kitty sneezies. They couldn't do the surgery while she was sick - apparently when they're stuffed up and can't breathe well, there can be issues with the anesthetic. She also didn't get her rabies and other vaccinations, because you don't want to give a sick kitty something that could make them more sick.
Now that she's been over the sneezies for a few days, I called my vet to make her an appointment to be spayed and have her vaccinations done. All was going well until I asked how much the spay would run. And I about dropped the phone when they told me:
I like to think I'm well aware of the cost of owning a pet. What with the horses, dogs, and other cats... well, it's not inexpensive. And all of our animals are current on vaccinations, wormer, heartworm meds, etc. etc. etc., so a good chunk of change is spent every month on animal feed and care.
And, I am ADAMANT that all our pets be fixed. Both Maddy and Artemis have had kittens, potentially contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. And given what a problem it is (over 1000 animals are put to sleep every month at the Town Lake Animal Center alone), I would think that having your animal fixed - in the interest of controlling the pet population - should be one of the least expensive things you can do. To put it in perspective, Maddy cost me all of $35 from TLAC, and she came spayed and with all her shots. So why the huge discrepancy in cost?
I can probably chalk it up to the location of my current vet - he's in a very nice part of south Austin, with very expensive homes all around. Still, it would be great if he could offer a discount for animals from TLAC or something. $270 for a spay surgery just seemed outrageous, so I called around. Turns out that my old vet up north charges $150, Animal Trustees of Austin charges $45, and Emancipet charges just $39 to spay a kitty.
All that leaves me feeling like my vet is really out of line with reality. I realize that pet ownership isn't cheap, but I feel that some basic things - like getting your pet fixed, and maybe Rabies vaccinations (since they are required by state law) - should be provided at a very basic cost. And that's not $270. Heck, I'd rather pay ATA or Emancipet to do the surgery and then make a donation... which is exactly what I've decided to do.
So, Artemis has an appointment at Emancipet to be spayed tomorrow morning. I'll be giving them an additional donation - hopefully enough to cover the cost spay 2 or 3 additional animals, since they do provide that service for free to families that show need. Because, well, I think helping to control the pet overpopulation is probably a better way to spend my money.
End of rant. Freya will return next week in all her cuteness... promise!