Animal rescues

Windsor-Essex animal rescues struggle to cope with rising costs

Olaf’s Feline Rescue and Sanctuary in Windsor says they get calls every day from cat owners looking to return their pet.

“They say I can’t afford cat food or veterinary care. This is a common reason. explains Lori Grondin, founder of Olaf’s Cat Rescue and Sanctuary.

Grodin would like to welcome more cats into her home shelter, but she cannot due to increased expenses.

To stay afloat amid runaway inflation, Grodin had to make adjustments, like switching to a less expensive brand of cat food.

“We go through four bags of cat food a week. A box of kitty litter went up $1.50,” she explained. “We go through four to six boxes a week.”

To combat shelter overcrowding, the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society is reducing pet adoption fees.

Until the end of July, all cat, kitten and dog adoption fees are $50.

Given the attractive adoption fees, the Humane Society reminds people of the expenses that come with owning a pet.

Young kitten at Olaf’s Feline Rescue and Sanctuary in Windsor, Ontario. Monday, July 25, 2022. (Sijia Liu/CTV News Windsor)“If you adopt a kitten, he has follow-up shots he needs. It’s important to plan for this and be prepared,” said Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society.

Coulter says there are plenty of options to counter high vet bills.

“There is often a wide range of care options,” she said. “Talk to your vet and tell them those are my limits. They can often work with you to find a solution that will work.

She also recommends getting pet insurance. Pet owners will have a fixed monthly cost, but urgent and expensive medical issues will be covered.

The Humane Society runs monthly wellness clinics that offer low-cost vaccines and basic veterinary services.

“The reason we started our program was because there were so many people who were struggling to access wellness care,” Coulter said.