The Lincoln County Humane Society is reducing cat adoption fees to $99 for the next year.
The organization’s board of directors recently voted to reduce the fee from $195.
The move comes on the heels of a series about the shelter’s cat population in The Standard and a successful adopt-a-thon, said executive director Kevin Strooband.
He said 54 cats were adopted in two days during the adopt-a-thon earlier this month.
“The community responded to our calls for help with our cats,” Strooband said. “We are very happy that we are able to find many more forever homes – we are making adoption the first option.”
He said The Standard’s series showed Niagara residents the challenges facing the St. Catharines shelter, which had a 70% euthanasia rate for cats, and the emotional toll it can take on the staff who work there.
“The staff are excited at the prospect of finding new homes for several cats that didn’t have the opportunity in the past,” he said.
Currently fees for the shelter for spaying or neutering surgery, micro-chipping, vaccines, de-worming and de-fleaing are between $150 and $215. Strooband acknowledged the shelter will be losing money with each adoption but said it is the right thing to do for the cats.