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Animal Services waives cat adoption fees
Animal Services waives cat adoption fees

Manatee County Animal Services is waiving the adoption fee for cats in June to commemorate the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.

Throughout the month of June cat adoptions will be available at no charge, a $60 value to the public.

"Simply put, cats are in need of homes,” said Kris Weiskopf, Animal Services Chief. “We have a number of family-friendly cats at both of our two facilities. It’s a win-win for everyone involved."

The initiative is another step in the County’s plan to become a no-kill community. Weiskopf said other animal adoption promotions are planned throughout the year that will help in achieving the no-kill goal.

ASPCA research recently published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science found that waiving fees for adult cats boosts adoptions without diminishing the value adopters place on their cats. In addition, fee-waived adoptions may actually decrease shelter costs by reducing the average length of stay for adult cats.

The special is available at both Animal Services locations: in Palmetto, 305 25th St. W. (open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and in Bradenton, 1002 B., Manatee Ave. W., (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Preview available animals by visiting www.mymanatee.org/pets
For more information, call Animal Services at (941) 742-5933.


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