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June 25, 2018
Beaver County Humane Society Issues Plea for Animal Adoptions and Reduces Fees for All cats 1 year of age and older
CENTER TOWNSHIP, PA – IN AN EFFORT TO FIND GOOD HOMES for an overwhelming number of orphaned cats and kittens, the Beaver County Humane Society (BCHS) is reducing its feline adoption fees for all cats one year and older from now until the end of July. This applies to approved-adopters only. All the cats are altered, microchipped, FELV/FIV tested, and vaccinated. Adult cat adoptions between the ages of 1 year to 6 years are usually $65 and cats’ seven-years and older $30. Most shelters invest approximately $300 per animal.
We currently have 162 cats and kittens in our care – a 41% jump since last June,” said Susan Salyards, Executive Director. “We are unsure why we’ve gotten so many cats and kittens this year as compared to last. The summer months are typically some of the toughest for the shelter. It’s during the summer that most kittens are born and the shelter gets more stray dogs than other seasons. As people and their pets are outside more, their pets have more chances to escape and end up at the Humane Society.”
The problem is compounded by the fact that adoptions are typically down in the summer. “With kids out of school, families head out of town for vacation. It’s not always a great time for families to adopt,” Salyards said. “The numbers for cats and kittens for June are staggering. Every summer we see a rise in the number of cats coming into our shelter. This is why the education of spay and neuter is so important.”
Educating the public on the significance of spaying and neutering cats as well as how important TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) is for feral cats in Beaver County is a priority to BCHS. This service reduces the number of unwanted or homeless cats by providing spay and neuter services at low cost through BCHS. There is a free Trap, Neuter, Return class being held at the shelter on July 7, 2018 at 2:00pm – all are welcome but registration is required.
BCHS also is reducing the number of cats and kittens coming to the shelter by limiting intake only to the boroughs and townships that we serve. “Saturday alone 25 cats and kittens were brought to the shelter. Our goal is to save lives but that is not possible when we are over capacity. If we limit our intake at this time, those decisions are not necessary because we have enough cage space. We hope that this restriction is short lived and once we are at a manageable number we will open our shelter to all communities for intake.
BCHS also is making a plea for those wishing to help as part of its foster network, which consists of residents dedicated to providing temporary homes to cats and/or kittens too young or too sick to be made available for adoption. People may sign up to be ‘finder fosters’ for us. When a cat and/or kittens in our foster care program, BCHS provides all medical care, basic necessities, if needed, and support for the foster. Or people are welcome to call us and leave their information so that they may be added to our waiting list, but it will be several weeks before we can accept them. It all depends on our adoption rate.”
If you’ve ever thought about bringing a cat or kitten into your home, consider this: the more than 70 million cats and kittens who are currently living in shelters across the country could be part of a family and making for a better quality of life. Studies show that cats help to lower their owner’s blood pressure, minimize stress and heart disease, reduce depression and that pet owners make fewer visits to their doctors. Cats make life better – find the perfect one to bring home to your world.
“You also are saving a life when adopting one of our fabulous felines,” Ms. Salyards said. “BCHS has quite a variety of cats – making our shelter a wonderful place to find your forever friend. And what’s even better, you’re saving a life and allowing us to take in another in need. In an ongoing effort to find forever homes for adoptable animals, BCHS now partners with three local PetSmart stores in Monaca, Cranberry Township, and New Castle as well as Petco Cranberry.
“If you are unable to adopt, please consider becoming a foster, volunteer or even an advocate for our shelter by spreading the word,” Ms. Salyards remarked. “If you wish to help, please spay/neuter your animals, donate or volunteer your time. Every little bit helps. One female cat can have up to three litters per year.”
Interested in adopting a feline friend? Visit any of the Offsite Adoption Centers mentioned above or the Beaver County Humane Society shelter located at 3394 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 AM to 6:45 PM, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 AM to 3:45PM. Go to www.beavercountyhumanesociety.org for more information on donating, adopting, fostering or our TNR services. To register for the TNR class on Saturday, July 7 at 2 PM, please call 724-775-5801 x114.
About the Beaver County Humane Society. Since 1950, the Beaver County Humane Society serves to protect all domestic animals by providing shelter and care; adoption services; investigation, correction or prosecution of cruelty or abuse situations; education programs; and promotion of the concepts of kindness and respect for all living creatures throughout Beaver County.
Contact: Mike Romigh
Telephone: 724-775-5801 x 122
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