Some Bradley County pet lovers cry foul after adoption fees nearly double at Cleveland Animal Control.
Money from unclaimed spay and neuter deposits had been used to supplement adoption fees at the pound.
But after the grassroots organization "Cleveland for a No-Kill City" started posting pictures of the dogs and cats at the pound online...
Animal adoptions quadrupled.
And the supplemental money ran out.
So what had been a 50-dollar fee is now 95 dollars.
Dixie Day Spay director Betti Gravelle hopes vets will take a hard look at the price they charge in that adoption fee.
She explained, "What is your bottom dollar? There are lives at stake. Very easy to make a decision when you're sitting at a desk. With lives at stake, what is your bottom dollar that you will spay and neuter these shelter animals for in order to get more of them into homes."
Gravelle hopes Cleveland area vets will provide a list of their fees.
That way adopters can decide where to take their new pet and see how much it will cost.
The City Council will discuss the fees at their Friday meeting at one-pm.