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May 31, 2012

A furry frenzy: NA-FC shelter offering reduced rates and prizes during pre-owned cat sale

NEW ALBANY — In its traditional spirit of finding creative ways to market pets for adoption, the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter is hosting a “certified pre-owned cat sale” in the month of June.

As part of national Adopt-A-Shelter Cat month, the NA-FC branch is cutting its fees, offering prizes and playing off the theme of an auto sale to find homes for its felines in June.

And with adoption costs set at a one-time fee of $20 — with no interest and no payments in the spirit of auto dealing — the shelter is practically giving the cats away.

“We’ve dropped fees to where it doesn’t even begin to cover the costs of our medical expenses,” said Theresa Stilger, animal care coordinator for the shelter and the organizer of the local event.

Beyond the lowered fees, those that adopt cats will receive a $5 gas card and an opportunity to win a gift basket full of feline treats and supplies. The fee will also cover a Catfax Cat History Report, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, disease testing and a microchip installation.

But wait, there’s more.

A four-pound bag of Science Diet Food, a Feeders Supply coupon book and a cardboard pet carrier will all belong to qualified cat adopters who take home a cat from the shelter during the month of June.

There is one stipulation, as the offer only applies to cats weighing four pounds or more.

Earlier this year, the shelter hosted the “Cat”lorette, The Final Rose, as a way to increase adoptions. Obviously the event was based on the popular television show “The Bachelorette.”  

“I think that it raises a focus on adoption,” said Stilger of finding creative ways to get the pets homes.

The latest event is in collaboration with the national cat adoption month, but it also comes during a busy time at the shelter.

“It is also the beginning of our cat season when we start to become overrun with cats,” Stilger said.

Kittens born in the spring time have matured and the shelter ends up with an abundance of them in its possession, she continued. The summer season is also a difficult time to find homes for cats because some people shy away from adopting a pet because they’re going on vacations and won’t be around to take care of the animals, Stilger added.

But she said unlike dogs, cats typically are more autonomous especially when it comes to the need for frequent attention. While cats obviously require someone to feed them while their owner is out of town, Stilger said prospective adopters shouldn’t let summer vacation plans keep them from adopting a feline.

“We encourage people to continue to adopt even though [they] will be traveling, because now is when they need homes,” she said.

As of Thursday, Stilger said there were about 30 cats up for adoption at the shelter. But she added that number can quickly increase.

Last year during June, the shelter adopted out 25 cats. Stilger’s goal is to double that total this June.

“It is important to me that we find a home for as many cats as possible to make room for new cats coming into the community,” she said. “It is also equally important that people in the community remember to do their part and spay and neuter their animals.”

So in honor of the certified pre-owned cat sale, Stilger is hoping people will race down to the shelter and drive home with a new furry friend beginning today.

“We just want to get these little babies out the door as quickly as we can,” she said.

The shelter’s adoption hours are noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call the shelter at 812-948-5355.

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