Animal Services waives fees for special adult cat adoptions

The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury:

August 6, 2010 – During the months of August, September and October, Calcasieu Parish Animal Services will waive adoption fees on any cat adopted that is one year old or older. The fee waiver does not apply to the adoption of kittens.

"Many young adult cats are overlooked due to the influx of kittens this time of year. This drive allows us to find homes and save the lives of more adult cats that still have many years of companionship to offer," says Rita Cavenaugh, Director of Calcasieu Animal Services and Adoption Center.  "Adult cats often make the transition to a new home and owner easier than kittens do and there is no litter box training."

The normal fee to adopt a feline is $80.  All felines adopted from Animal Services are spayed/neutered, wormed, FELV/FIV tested, rabies licensed and micro-chipped.

The fee waiver is in conjunction with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals SAVE MORE LIVES Challenge. The "Fee Waivered" Cat Adoption is modeled after a very successful program at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Each year an extra surge of cats find their way into shelters during the spring and summer months. Approximately 4 million cats enter shelters nationally every year.  In Calcasieu in 2009, over 3000 cats made their way through the shelter. 87% of those cats were euthanized due to not enough homes.  We encourage people to adopt a cat from our local shelter and give it a loving home.

Calcasieu Parish Adoption Hours are Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:30pm.

For more information please contact Anne Godeaux 337-721-3730