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Three Counties Dog Rescue in Bourne puts costs of dog and cat adoption up as cost of living crisis bites

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In her column, Gyll Mauchline, the owner of Three Counties Dog Rescue in Bourne talks about why costs are rising.

"We are all being bombarded every day with stories of rising prices and inflation at levels we haven’t see for years. Unfortunately Three Counties are not immune from the effects of these increases.

Our pet food comes on delivery lorries from our wholesaler and they have recently advised us of a delivery surcharge to meet their increased fuel costs. Other energy costs are rising as we use electricity for lighting, heating and running various items of machinery. Calor gas heats our tumble dryer.

Gyll and Max Mauchline, of Three Counties Dog Rescue
Gyll and Max Mauchline, of Three Counties Dog Rescue

Reluctantly, in common with other organisations we are facing up to raising our prices.

We have charged an adoption fee of £150 for dogs and £80 for cats since we reformed the rescue on moving to Lincolnshire back in 1990. I suspect this will be an unrivalled example of holding prices down. In fairness a number of adopters have donated a sum on top of the adoption fee and we are also able to Gift Aid these donations when appropriate. However we have now taken the decision, belatedly, to increase our adoption fees. New adoptions, not already underway, will be at a new minimum of £250 for dogs and £100 for cats. We hope that those able to will continue to add a donation on top but this is not a requirement.

Similarly from July 1, all new boarding bookings will be at new rates. These will be £20 a day (£30 a day for two sharing) for dogs and £13 a day for cats (£21 a day for two sharing). If the pets came from Three Counties there is a 10 per cent discount.

We hope people will understand why we have had to take these steps. Unfortunately we are also experiencing high levels of unwanted dogs coming to us for rehoming which adds to our costs.

Our use of volunteer helpers at the kennels enables us keep costs down and if anyone is interested they can call us on 01778 424953 or 077085 89792 (between 10am and 4pm)."

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