Wednesday, June 11, 2014
In celebration of June as Adopt A Shelter Cat Month, the Atlantic County Animal Shelter is reducing its feline adoption fee by 50 percent through June 30.
“Kittens and cats of all varieties are available for adoption from the shelter for $42.50 this month,” stated Shelter Manager Kathy Kelsey. “The public can view our animals online at www.aclink.org/animalshelter or in person at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville, daily 1-4 PM, except on Tuesdays, 1-3 PM.”
The discounted adoption fee includes mandatory sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations, diagnostic testing, a microchip and a free veterinary consultation. AVID chips and ID tags are also available for additional fees.
According to Kelsey, the Atlantic County Animal Shelter is dedicated to matching the animals in their care with responsible pet owners.
“Our goal is to find ‘forever homes’ where both the pet and its adopting owner mutually benefit,” she added.
Studies have shown that cats can add years to their owners’ lives. The Minnesota Stroke Institute followed more than 4,000 cat owners over 10 years and found that owning a cat can dramatically reduce a person’s chance of dying from heart disease. Specifically, 30 percent of cat owners were less likely to suffer a heart attack.
Cats can live up to 20 years or longer which requires both a time and financial commitment. Potential owners should also consider their living situation and choose the type and age of cat that best suits their circumstances. Kittens are typically more active and require interactive play while adult cats are more sedate and may not require as much routine veterinary care as a younger feline.
“Making a match based on these considerations helps to ensure that the pet will not be returned. Failed adoptions result in stress for the animal and heartbreak for the owner. We do our best to promote successful adoptions,” Kelsey said.