New Humane Society Fee
This is Ron Powell's third trip to the Humane Society this year, and each time has been for the same reason.
"It was a stray that was dumped off on our property. It's actually the third this year. We keep them as long as we can and try to find a home for them but if we can't, we have to bring them here," said Powell.
But what if Ron had to pay every time he brought one of those stray dogs to the Central Missouri Humane society?
Starting on Monday he will. The shelter will charge $20 for cats, dogs and litters of kittens.
"We normally ask for donations but not everybody's donating. The financial burden is too much," said Patty Forister with the Central Missouri Humane Society.
The Humane Society is taking efforts to secure its future, but what if that $20 is problematic enough to keep some animals on the street.
Forister says the fee may be a problem for people who can't afford the $20; however, the humane society is in dire need of income.
"We cannot continue to operate at this level without community support and without earning income," said Forister.
Those who use the shelter believe the $20 is not too much to ask.
"It's for the good of the animals and a lot of animals are out there and they don't have homes," said animal lover Noah Gobel.
"I think the $20 fee is very reasonable," said Powell.
The Central Missouri Humane Society believes it will feel the effect of $5-$20 an animal.
They just hope it's a positive one.
To drop off an animal, the fees are as follows: $20 dog, $20 cat, $20 litters of kittens, $10 rabbits, $5 small animals.
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