JAMESTOWN - Due to high volume and numerous animal surrenders in recent weeks, the Chautauqua County Humane Society has announced that all adoption fees for cats and kittens will be waived through Aug. 31. More than 150 cats of all ages are in need of adoption to residents in the greater Chautauqua region.
"We have had a large number of cats come in from all around Chautauqua County," said Sue Bobek, Humane Outreach Coordinator at the CCHS. "More than 150 cats from 10 locations have been found in need of support on top of the animals already under our care."
Cats of all ages end up at the CCHS for various reasons ranging from surrenders to animal cruelty investigations.
"We are funded by our surrounding community and receive no money from federal, state or county governments," said Jeff Lubi, executive director for the CCHS. "Traditional adoption fees associated with any animal go towards the care that animal receives in our facility. In high volume cases such as this, we waive that fee in an effort to find as many homes as we can for these animals."
The normal adoption fee for cats and kittens is $80.
All cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption with all age-appropriate vaccinations. Cats up for adoption are tested for Feline Leukemia and AIDS and are given the appropriate vaccinations when negative results come back. Any cat over 3 months of age also receives a rabies vaccine and comes with a 24PetWatch Microchip to help lost pets get reunited with their owners faster and safer.
"The services and treatments that animals undergo while in our care are costly, and we would not be able to provide them without the support from local businesses and organizations," Lubi said. "Most recently, grants provided by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation allowed for us to adopt out over 800 animals over the course of six years. We always welcome groups or individuals interested in helping these programs. The program sponsorships can come in the form of memorials, corporate or even strictly anonymous."
Anyone interested in sponsoring adoption programs are invited to call the CCHS for information.
For more information on the CCHS adoption process, visit www.spcapets.com or call 665-2209 to set up an appointment.