About Tiny Paws Sanctuary
Many Tiny Paws residents have special physical needs requiring prescription and over-the-counter medication. This cost alone averages $4000 per year, but it keeps the animals comfortable and gives them a good quality life for as long as possible. This past year, our veterinary expenses were just over $12,000
Several dogs are on special food including Royal Canin Urinary Diet dry and canned, Hill's Prescription k/d, Hills w/d weight control, Royal Canin Urinary D canned food, and Royal Canin Hepatic diet. Dogs not on prescription food, eat 4 Health Mature dry dog food, 4 Health Senior canned food, or Pedigree canned food mixed with beef or chicken stock or broth. Our cats eat Purina One Urinary Tract Formula. These diets treat their medical conditions and encourages a healthy immune system. Food expenses per year for all the animals at Tiny Paws exceeds $4000. That being said, twice daily feedings are always happy and exciting times here at the sanctuary.
A daily cleaning schedule is in place to ensure that the animals have a healthy, disinfected environment. An average of 2-4 loads of laundry are done every day. The use of three rain barrels and indoor and outdoor clothes lines greatly reduce the cost of this daily regiment. Feeding and cleaning takes 2-3 hours each morning and is repeated in the evenings. Cleaning supplies cost is about $1600 per year. Additional supplies add another $800.
The cost and time required to care for this special group of animals with all their medical needs, past traumas, and behavioral issues is worth it all.