Originally Posted by Lindsey88
I'm going to give my kittens to loving homes but want to charge an adoption fee so that I know that no freakos will get free kittens. I have heard you should never give away free kittens. What is a good fee? I'm thinking between 25-35 dollars. What do you think? They are almost 5 weeks old and 1 week old now so it will be several weeks before they are rehomed.
our shelter has no trouble adopting out kittens at $75 each (speutering is always done first!!) and they have a discount if you take two or if you take the mom and a baby (two kittens i think they charge $110)
seriously this is not a lot of money- i am on disability and paid no less than $40 for each of my cats, who are are older and/or special needs and they were/are worth every penny.
i have a soft heart for older or sick cats and i think if they gave them away free, i would be tempted to get more than i could afford to care for.
with kittens i think its even more important to charge an adoption fee
i have seen time and time again, ppl get a free kitten and dont ever get it spayed or neutered and six months or so later, the kitten is in heat (or is a mature tom and is out of the house and getting another cat preggers) or getting preggers if its the female... and then the person who got their free kitten dumps it because it had the nerve to get pregnant on them (ok my downstairs neighbor did this last year, then what happens at christmas this year?? she gets another freakin 'free' kitten, that she has not gotten spayed. she thinks she can just keep it in the house and it will be ok, but she couldnt keep the last one in the house, and it got pregnant and she deliberately stopped feeding it to starve the kittens, she thought, so they would die! they were born under the front stoop and only one of them lived, omg i shouldnt have brought this up it makes me so mad thinking about it again! what that poor momma cat went thru and then her kittens died within a few days, it was horrible! i got the momma to the shelter and they got her fixed and adopted out)
anyway! bad memories for me, and thats just the most recent ones!!! it happens over and over and over again!!
i've taken far too many of these cats in to get them spayed or taken them and their kittens to the shelter (no kill shelter)
and here it costs about $100 or so, for a spay, i dont know where you all live that you are getting them so cheap! and i am poor, am disabled with an income of less than $650 per month!!! i never thought to apply for a discount. do they take as much care when they are not getting paid full price? i hope so!
of course not ALL ppl who get a free kitten are going to do this, but it does happen way too often not to be a MAJOR concern of mine
i pray you can get em all speutered before they get a new home!
good luck!! and yes please please please do not give these babies away free!