Hello, my name is Whitney. I am the current president of NFOA. I just wanted to clear up any misunderstanding for you. Fist off, we do not "force" anyone to pay anything. It is their choice to adopt the animal. We do not offer free spay/neuter. Well, let me rephrase. It is not free for us. We offer the community help with medical costs if they decide to pick up a stray and help care for it.
We have accounts with two vets in town. One being the Lega Pro Animale, that Janice listed above. Another being Dr. Damiani's clinic, who also works at the base vet a couple of days a week. We offer 1/2 off coupons to people in the community where they pay for half, and we pay for half. And this is at our costs with the vet. In some situations, we do pay the full amount.
We also pay for medical costs of sick, injured, and malnourished animals that the community takes in.
The adoption fee is a fraction of our vet bills, I assure you. We only ask for the adoption fee to help put money back in the account to pay for more animals to be cared for. Our vet bills run literally thousands of euro a month in the peak puppy/kitten season.
The above vet, Lega Pro Animale does offer a free spay day every other month or so. But it is more for the Italian community. They will take ours if there is room but that is not very often.
I hope that this helps clear up why we charge an adoption fee. Also, please, if you have any questions on why or how we run things, feel free to contact us via email. All of our email addresses are on our website, naplesfriendsofanimals.org. Thank you.