One of the most basic concepts of economics is that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
On Wednesdays at the Independence Animal Shelter, however, things are a little different: Adult cats are available for adoption at no cost.
And while it certainly isn’t a “free” endeavor – expenses went into preparing the cat for adoption, taking care of it while it was housed at the shelter and the new owner is acquiring those expenses – shelter officials say they are hopeful that “Whisker Wednesdays” will encourage pet adoption in a down economy while helping the shelter work toward its goal of becoming a no-kill facility.
“There are a lot of people out there who can give a good home to an animal but maybe can’t afford the adoption fee,” said Jennifer Polston, Independence Animal Services supervisor.
Whisker Wednesdays applies toward adult cats who are estimated as 1 year or older. The $99 adoption fee is waived, and Polston said she hopes new owners will take that “saved” money and buy a litter box, toys, food and other feline necessities.