The Humane Society for Hamilton County will be hosting a special Cat Adoption Extravaganza to put an end to cat-lessness! “Too many families are missing out on the unconditional love, companionship and life lessons that come from owning a feisty feline,” said Executive Director Rebecca Stevens. “So we’re making it more affordable than ever before to add a cat or kitten to your home.” The event will be at its facility, 1721 Pleasant Street in Noblesville from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24.
“We have taken in more than 300 cats since September 1st,” added Stevens. “In over five years at the shelter, I have never seen anything like it. We typically see a large influx in the late spring due to kitten season, but it is unusual for the fall.” Even though the shelter is seeing record numbers, Stevens is hopeful. “We know there are enough homes out there for every animal sitting in this shelter. It’s simply a matter of people making a conscience decision to adopt versus buying from pet stores and breeders.”
So far in 2010, the shelter has taken nearly 2,700 animals. In many instances, the animals are older and require special medical care. Currently, the shelter has nearly 600 kittens and cats that desperately need homes –almost three times the amount of dogs currently under the shelter’s care. Stevens says what’s happening in Hamilton County mirrors national trends where folks are surrendering their pets for financial reasons and a lack of commitment to what should have been a lifetime family member. When it comes to kittens, it is clearly an issue of cats not getting spayed or neutered in our community—which is mandatory in Hamilton County.
To give incentive for kitten and cat adoptions, the event will feature special adoption fees for cats and kittens: $25 each and just $15 for seniors 5 and up. In addition, the first 15 cat and kittens and cats adopted on Saturday and Sunday will come with a $25 gift card to Pet Supplies “Plus.” Additionally, anyone adopting a black cat will receive a special cat goody bag.
All cats will be spayed or neutered prior to pick up and will receive a complimentary wellness exam and a certificate for a free rabies vaccine which is redeemable at any of the shelter’s participating veterinarians unless noted otherwise. Each cat also receives 30 days of free pet insurance and will have received, at a minimum, their first round of vaccinations, is de-wormed, and will have received a heartworm/flea & tick preventative. In addition, all cats are Feline Leukemia/FIV tested and are microchipped and registered to the adopter for free.
Black and brindle dogs seven months and older are also on an adoption special during the month of October. Their adoption fees are just $55.
“Our facility is very unique from surrounding shelters in that we give every adoptable animal in our care their best chance for a second chance regardless of age, breed, disability or special medical needs,” said Stevens. “We are asking the community to support our extraordinary, life-saving efforts by adopting, fostering, volunteering or making a financial contribution to help us save lives.”
For more information, log on to www.hamiltonhumane.com or call the shelter at 317-773-4974.
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*Article direct from the Hamilton County Humane Society’s Facebook Page*