SPCA Cats Declare Their Independence From the Shelter 

Adopt and give a cat or kitten its independence from the shelter the week of July 4th. Source: Darci VanderSlik, SPCA of Wake County
Adopt and give a cat or kitten its independence from the shelter the week of July 4th. Source: Darci VanderSlik, SPCA of Wake County

HALF OFF Cat and Kitten Adoption Fees

As the Fourth of July nears, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County has reached maximum capacity for cats and kittens. To encourage adoptions, the SPCA is offering 50% OFF all kitten and adult cat adoption fees starting the week of July 4th.

The overwhelming number of cats and kittens at the SPCA are declaring their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of a new home — and fast. The Pet Adoption Center is beyond capacity, meaning the privately-run SPCA is unable to help rescue cats currently at risk of euthanasia at our publicly-run shelter partners across the region.

Said Kim Flowers, SPCA Adoption Center Director:

“As the summer heat bears down, area animal shelters experience a crisis of cats. The sad fact is if you are a cat entering an animal shelter in this area, your chances of leaving alive are less than 55%.”

This crisis of cats is commonly referred to as kitten season. June through August are the most brutal months. Flowers added:

“Cats make wonderful companions. Adding one to your family can be especially meaningful during this time of crisis – there is no doubt that the adoption will save a life.”

The reduced adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, de-worming, basic feline vaccines, wellness exam, and a microchip (an estimated value of over $300).

Independence Day Reminder: Fireworks

Even if you’re unable to adopt at this time, the SPCA asks current pet owners to keep safety in mind this Independence Day. The noise from fireworks can scare even a loyal homebody cat or dog into running away.

You can save yourself and your pet a lot of stress by keeping them indoors when fireworks are likely. Many area shelters are already bursting at the seams with truly homeless pets. By keeping pets inside, you take away a pet’s opportunity to get lost or worse, be hit by a car. Your pet (and shelter staff) will thank you for it.

Here are a few other tips to make the holiday easier on your furry family member.

  • Pets don’t appreciate colorful fireworks displays like we do. Let your pet skip the fireworks show and leave them at home to enjoy the air conditioning.
  • Turn on the radio or television to block some of the noise of nearby fireworks.
  • Give your pet a tasty treat, like a Kong stuffed with treats and peanut butter, to keep them busy and distracted from the noise.
  • If you are having guests over, make sure they know to keep doors closed to keep pets inside.
  • Be prepared and make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag with your phone number so you can be reunited quickly should they get loose.

The SPCA of Wake County’s Adoption Center will be open regular hours on Independence Day, as well as the days before and after. For hours and directions, visit spcawake.org.

The mission of the SPCA is to transform the lives of pets and people through protection, care, education, and adoption. The SPCA is dedicated to creating a more humane community where every adoptable animal has a home. Each year the SPCA rehomes over 3,700 animals through its innovative adoption programs.

 

Source: Darci VanderSlik, SPCA of Wake County

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