AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Bella and Antonio are two of many cats in need of a home at the Lee County Humane Society in Auburn, and if you are in the market to adopt a new companion, now is the time.
Yesterday, the shelter started a promotion, "Adopt-A-Study Buddy" in honor of the new school year and with the hope of placing cats in loving homes.
"Cats get adopted less frequently than dogs do at our shelter, so we want to spotlight our cats during this next couple of months and really try to find more homes for them," explains Stacee Peer, Director of Public Relations at the Lee Co. Humane Society.
The shelter is waiving the adoption processing fee for all cats older than six months, and the fee for kittens will be reduced to $80 until September 30.
This is not a new idea for the shelter. They have done many specials on cats in the past, including giving away free cats during last year's football season.
"It has worked out really well in the past," says Peer. "It's a time where people feel the adoption fee may be a hurdle sometimes for them to adopt a cat. So we just decided to do it again and find more homes for our cats."
If you are worried about the additional costs in caring for a new cat, the shelter has included many of the pricey medical expenses in each adoption.
"Every adoption includes the cat spay/neuter surgery free, they are up to date on their current vaccinations except for rabies. They come micro chipped; they come with 30 days of free pet insurance and a free visit to a local vet," Peer says.
The shelter currently has ten adult cats and 15 kittens. However, they receive up to 200 hundred animals a week during the warmer months.
If you do adopt, they ask to for you to please bring your own carrier to ensure the cat has a safe ride home. You can also purchase one there for five dollars.
Since the start of the promotion yesterday, Peer tells News Leader 9 that they have already placed several kittens and cats into new and loving homes.
"It's been a success in our eyes so far and we hope that it continues," says Peer.