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SPCA Lewiston Maine Complaint - SPCA is a bah-hum-bug

Review by AStevens on 2011-12-27
LEWISTON, MAINE -- A small cat ended up on my door step on Christmas eve (2011)...It was 16 degrees outside so we took it in. Kept him warm and fed him. After the Christmas holiday was over, I set about trying to find him his home. I first went door to door in my neigborhood then I went to the local SPCA on Strawberry Ave., Lewiston Maine.

I asked them if they would scan the cat to check for a chip to help me find the owner. THEY REFUSED!!! They told me I had to turn the cat over to them before they would check. This would mean in these trying financial times, the owner would have to pay the SPCA $85.00 to get their cat back.

I called several local vets and they all said that was wrong and I could bring the cat to them and they would scan the cat for free in hopes of finding his home. I am going today...wish "Claus" luck...
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-12-27
Posted by Kris10 on 2011-12-27:
This is great to know! Thanks for posting this! I had a problem with the SPCA airing a very disheartening commercial during one of the football games this weekend. NO WAY should I be crying over that on Christmas! I adopted my cat from a local shelter that is not supported by the SPCA. When I asked them why not? Because it means nothing. They wouldn't have gotten a dime from the SPCA to help out with the animals. It makes you wonder where all those donations DO go.
Posted by redmx3racer on 2011-12-27:
$85 for a Cat scan is pretty cheap :-)

Seriously though, let us know the ending to the story. And perhaps compliment the Vet who was willing to help you.
Posted by Skye on 2011-12-27:
You can take this cat to any veterinarians office, and they will scan him for free.

We do it all the time at my animal hospital. And it costs nothing to scan an animal for those who bring them in for scanning.

And thank you for taking such good care of him, until you find his righful owner!

You have to look at it this way, the SPCA does wonderful work for animals, and they rely mostly on donations, and all the donations go to the care and medical for the animals. They are just doing what they do, and that's to raise money. When people surrender animals, it's costly to keep them, and SPCA does a wonderful service for the community.
Posted by onlooker on 2011-12-27:
It seems that while Vets that are for profit are giving a 'free' service to the community - if you end up keeping the kitty, you'll go back. Free scans are a service and investment too. The SPCA takes in animals that many vets can't help, and provides services to animals that need specialized care or services. Your motivations were good, but your expectations were inappropriate to the situation.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-12-27:
The SPCA is a not-for-profit organization that relies heavily on donations to operate. They have overhead, employees to pay, etc. I am not surprised or upset that they would charge a fee.

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