What Would You Pay?

Back when I was researching adoptable dogs, I came across one that I thought was a good fit.  But when I read the adoption application for that particular rescue group, it asked some questions that irritated me.  One was something like:

“How much money are you willing to spend for the medical care of your pet?”

Well.  I had just spent a not-even-small fortune caring for a beloved pet in his last months.  Perhaps it was because of my emotional state, but I was offended.

I know why they ask the question.  They want to make sure that the first time there is an illness, the dog doesn’t end up back in a shelter (or worse) because the adopter won’t accept the expense.

I was still offended.

Interestingly, the question came up at my office today:

“Would you pay $3,000 for a surgery for your dog?”

“Um…yes.  I have, actually,” was my response.

The debate started because a colleague had recently made that decision – surgery to repair the blown ACL on a large 4 1/2 year old dog.

The debate was impressive.  The responses were everywhere from “No way” to “Absolutely” and everything in between.

“How old is the dog?”
“Is it life-or-death surgery?”
“Are there any other alternatives?”

It went on for awhile.

The end of the story is the best:  said colleague returned home after deciding to go ahead with the surgery.  He found his three children had set up a lemonade stand in the front yard with a sign:

“Our Dog Needs Surgery”

If that wasn’t enough, the dog was in the yard with them.  After they closed up shop, they handed their dad the $39 and change they had earned that day.

I feel like handing him some cash myself.

One thought on “What Would You Pay?

  1. Fluffycat says:

    Sometimes it's not even about how much one would pay, but what you would put the pet through. My mom had a cat that got chemo, and he suffered and died in the end anyway. But he was 4 years old, and they didn't know what would happen. I have seen people bring a cat back to the shelter because of some illness, and also some cats who have lost a limb due to not being treated quickly enough. I don't know if there is a way for adoption agencies to ascertain how responsible someone actually is, but I'd understand why the question might rankle.

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