What Shelter Memberships Finance for the Animals

adult cats in cages
The adult cats for adoption.

You’ll usually pay a fee when you adopt an animal or surrender an animal at a shelter, and this helps to cover costs for that animal and others as well.

But many shelters offer a membership, unrelated to the adoption or surrender of any animal, as a way to help support the shelter.

This just in from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society’s weekly newsletter: a breakdown of membership levels and what they cover…and what some actual costs are. Check to see if your local shelter has a membership program where you can support them with even a small donation.

Are you a member of the WPHS?

Our members play a big role in our success. One membership donation can go a long way towards helping our many homeless animals in need! If you’ve considered becoming a member in the past, now is a great time to join! Not only will you be helping our animals (and you can proudly proclaim that you support the WPHS!) but there are many benefits for you and your pets as well!

To see our different membership levels and the benefits you’ll receive, please CLICK HERE! To become a member, please CLICK HERE!

Ever wondered exactly what your membership fees provide?

-$32 provides food and shelter for 1 homeless dog or 1 homeless cat for 9 days in our adoption kennel.

-$54 provides medications for roughly 13 animals in our care.

-$78 covers the cost to spay or neuter 3 homeless pets, reducing the number of future neglected or unwanted animals.

-$154 provides funds for six WPHS education classes in public schools to teach youth appropriate animal care and compassion.

-$262 provides funding for 2 cruelty investigations by WPHS Humane Officers. Last year our officers responded to 1,300 complaints of neglect and cruelty.

-$526 covers approximate rehabilitation costs for 1 animal taken into protective custody.

Visit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society website.


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