PORTLAND - When Renae Debauw adopted her pit bull Lucy from a rescue shelter, she worried about the cost of taking care of her, until she found a company called “Hannah, the Pet Society."
Now, she pays a flat monthly fee and Hannah takes care of everything. Food and supplies are delivered every six to eight weeks, and all veterinary care is covered.
“Well, I have nothing but good things to say about them,” she said.
Hannah is the brain child of Scott Campbell, a veterinarian who started and built the Banfield Pet Hospitals into a national chain. He sold that business then started Hannah two years ago. The company said it's booming.
“That's really exciting, because we're helping hundreds of new people and their pets every week,” said Campbell.
The company is opening two new stores on the west side of the greater Portland area, near Washington Square. They join facilities at Clackamas Town Center and another near Mall 205.
Costs vary, but the company said the fee for a medium-sized dog would be roughly $80 a month. Clients also pay an adoption fee for the animals.
“I think it would be interesting, I think it could give people some options,” said pet owner Tim Etlick as he stood with his dog, Tumbleweed.
Some felt that the cost was too high.
“I don’t know. That just really sounds expensive to me,” said Leo Clay.
And critics point out that Hannah keeps ownership of the animal. The company said it keeps their costs lower - and makes the program affordable.
“We wondered if people would go for that. Most veterinarians don’t think they will," said Campbell.
But he added that so far, they are wrong. As many as 200 people a week are adopting pets from “Hannah, The Pet Society,” according to Campbell.