Atlantic County Animal Shelter extends reduced cat adoption fees through July

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Clyde can’t wait to be adopted and taken home by a loving family. See his friends at www.aclink.org/animalshelter.  Because the Atlantic County Animal Shelter’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat promotion was so successful last month, officials have extended the program through eht end of July./Atlantic County Animal Shelter photo Clyde can’t wait to be adopted and taken home by a loving family. See his friends at www.aclink.org/animalshelter. Because the Atlantic County Animal Shelter’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat promotion was so successful last month, officials have extended the program through eht end of July./Atlantic County Animal Shelter photo PLEASANTVILLE - Because the Atlantic County Animal Shelter’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat promotion was so successful last month, officials have extended the program through the end of July.

Under the program, which was to expire at the end of June, 46 cats and kittens were adopted from the Atlantic County Animal Shelter, 240 Old Turnpike Road, Pleasantville.

The promotion featured a 50-percent reduction shelter adoption fees, according to Linda Gilmore, county spokesperson.

"The response was so positive that we have extended it through July 31," said Kathy Kelsey, Atlantic County Animal Shelter Manager. "Not only did our feline adoption rate increase, but general interest in adoptions was also up."

The shelter’s goal is simple, but meaningful, she said.

“Our goal is to find loving homes for our shelter cats and dogs,” she said. “We have such a wide variety of animals that there is usually something for everyone in terms of age, breed and temperament."

Animal Shelter's reduced cat adoption fees

The Animal Shelter's discounted cat doption fee of $42.50 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.

The public can view animals available for adoption online at www.aclink.org/animalshelter  or in person 1-4 p.m., daily, except 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, at the shelter.

Cats add years to human lives

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.

Studies show that cats can add years to their owners’ lives, Gilmore said.

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, Gilmore said. Specifically, 30 percent of cat owners were less likely to suffer a heart attack.

Need to know more?

Call the Atlantic County Animal Shelter at (609) 485-2345 for information.


 

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