Monday, June 25, 2012

Where does the money go?

4 Lil Pigs n Buns sometimes get asked questions like these: Why do we charge adoption fees?  Why do we ask for donations? What does the money get used for once we get it? Let me outline for you how we use the money we get in and how your (much appreciated!) donation is used.

Adoption fees – Let's say you adopted an animal from us and paid an adoption fee. Where does that money go? We use adoption fee money to pay for spays, neuters, and other vet expenses. Our adoption fee for our rabbits is less than we are charged for spay/neuter surgeries, so the adoption fees for other animals helps to cover more rabbits getting fixed. 

We do sometimes take in ill animals or have animals that need to see the vet for other reasons such as teeth trims or vaccines for ferrets. In these cases, money in the rescue’s bank account attained from adoption fees goes to vet bills. If there is not enough money in the account from adoption fees or donations, then the board of the rescue pays for the vet costs out of their own pocket. 

These vet bills were paid both with money from adoption fees and money from the board.
Monetary Donations – Did you send us some money by Paypal? Maybe you dropped some cash in our donation jar at an event. What happens to that?
Quarters dropped into the PETCO donation jar are put aside for the laundromat. Doing all this fleece is hard on our home washers, so we take all that piggy and bunny bedding down to the local laundromat to get it nice and clean. 
Washing fleece at the laundromat!

Other coins are kept in a container until there is enough to take it down to the bank to be cashed in. This money is destined to be turned into litter for litter pans. 

Paper money is saved up and put towards spays and neuters if there is not an immediate veterinary need.
Just back from an event
Sorting donation money
Did you PayPal us some money? Perhaps you send a check with a donation. This money is put into the rescue’s bank account. It is used for spays and neuters as well as emergency situations, such as ill animals.

Unless these items are donated, we pay for them out of pocket:
  • Cages (grids, coroplast, tape, zip ties, exercise pens, dog crates, small animal cages etc.)
  • Toys
  • Water bottles/metal protectors
  • Water crocks
  • Food crocks
  • Litter pans
  • Blankets
  • Carriers
  • Hay racks
  • Pellet food (for the rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, degus, cats and whoever else we may have in the rescue)
  • Fleece bedding (for the guinea pigs)
  • Paper bedding (for the small animals)
  • Pellet pine bedding (for the rabbits and ferrets)
  • Hay
  • Veggies & Fruits
  • Treats
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair brushes
  • Ivermectin
  •  Advantage
  • Syringes
  • Scales
  • Exercise wheels (for the small animals)
  • Hide houses/tunnels
  • Hammocks
  • Cleaners and cleaning equipment (including Shop Vacs)
  • Ink & paper (to print out adoption packets, informational fliers and adoption forms)
  • Business cards
  • Adoption binders/sheet protectors
  • Carpets/rugs for disabled or splay leg bunnies
  • Towels for carriers or under piggy fleece

A rescue expense that people often don't realize: we spend a lot on paper, printer ink, business cards, sign holders, and other office supplies.  We need to be able to advertise, network, provide educational materials, and of course print out adoption contracts!
All of these receipts are rescue expenses over the course of just one month paid for by one person.  It really adds up quickly!

There are also the added expenses of things like phone bills or electricity that are harder to put a number on. And let's not forget the many, many miles driven, adding much wear and tear to our cars and emptying our gas tanks!   
We do what we do because we love the animals that we care for. We do not get compensated for our time or the money that we put into the rescue. We do this as a labor of love on top of caring for our own homes, families, jobs, and animals - and our efforts are greatly funded by our own paychecks. 

Your donation saves lives! We and the animals thank you for it!

Would you like to donate?  Thank you!  Here are a few ways you can help:

Want your donation to go to a specific rabbit? Our bunny sponsor program may be perfect for you! Your $50 donation will go directly to spaying or neutering that bunny. You will get a certificate of sponsoring AND get to name the bun! You will also receive updates and photos of your sponsor bunny. Any items you send will also go directly with that bun and remain with them, even when they get adopted!

As you can see, we GREATLY appreciate any donation!  All of our fosters will be cared for regardless of donations received, but it does place a burden on our board of directors and wonderful volunteers!  We hope you have enjoyed this look at where your donations end up!  Thank you!

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