Saying a final goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy, but one company is trying to make it a wee bit less painful; BioArts International will be hosting an online auction in which the rights to clone a pet will be sold to five of the highest bidders. Say what? That’s right. The “Best Friends Again” program offers those with the money to spare the chance to genetically clone Fluffy or Fido. But this type of everlasting love (everlasting, because if you’ve done it once, why not do it again?) doesn’t come cheap. Bids start at $100,000 and that’s only the opening bid.
I’m not going to sit here and say that the death of a pet is something you get over. On the contrary, I still miss my cat, Kitty, who we put to sleep more than 10 years ago. But since he was put to sleep, we’ve adopted new cats who have enriched our lives. Yes, they are different than Kitty. But would I really want a clone of Kitty? Probably not.
Here’s what I propose: Instead of paying $100,000+ to clone your pet, donate $99,900 to a local shelter or rescue group, and then adopt a new furry friend (I’m guesstimating the adoption fee is around $100 at most shelters). Complete resources for local animal shelters are available on the Tails website.