‘Cat’astrophe creates reduced adoption rate – TCPalm.com

Each spring, shelters across the country receive a large influx of homeless cats and kittens. To help with the ‘cat’astrophe of feline overpopulation, The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is reducing cat adoption rates to $25 through April 30 (normal adoption price is $75).

The shelter, located at 100 Savannah Rd. in Fort Pierce, currently has more than 120 cats and kittens onsite and another 90 felines in 54 active foster homes around St. Lucie County. The numbers are increasing daily. The Humane Society receives cats from animal control, owners and from individual who have found lost pets. No pet is turned away, regardless of age, health or temperament.

“We hope that the reduced adoption prices will help motivate individuals to adopt a kitty or maybe even two,” said Shawn Hart, outreach coordinator for The Humane Society of St. Lucie County.

Each cat is given a veterinarian health check, age-appropriate vaccines and tests (includes rabies, feline leukemia, AIDS and heartworm test), de-worming, a microchip and each pet is spayed/neutered. The adoption prices are subsidized by the Humane Society to cover the cost of approximately $200-$300 worth of veterinary care for each pet.

Individuals who are looking to help, but are unable to adopt, may sponsor a cat adoption price. “The adoption sponsorship program has been quite successful because not everybody can take a cat home,” said Hart.”

For information on adoptions, to sponsor adoptions or to volunteer, contact The Humane Society of St. Lucie County at 772-461-0687 or visit www.HSSLC.org.

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is an open admission animal shelter, giving aid to more than 8,000 unwanted pets each year, thanks to the support of donors and volunteers.

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Originally posted here: ‘Cat’astrophe creates reduced adoption rate » TCPalm.com (User story from Shawn Hart).