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AZ Humane Society 50% of Adoption Fee Thru May 14!
« on: May 10, 2006, 03:26:51 PM »
Adopt a cat!!

Handsome “Turk” snuggles up next to a hedgehog toy, hoping his stuffed companion will be replaced soon by a real one. Two kennels over, a fluffy calico named “Miette” settles for the time being in a fleece bed. It’s comfy – but a far cry from what she could enjoy in a real home. For “Clark,” a sweet white kitty with big black spots on his back and a tender pink nose, the wait is nearing two months. He was surrendered to the AHS on March 14. Will anyone take him home?

They are but three of the hundreds of cats and kittens at the Arizona Humane Society who desperately need new homes right now. And more cats arrive daily.


AHS CAT STATS:

# The first week of May 2006 was not feline friendly! Between May 1 and May 7, the AHS took in 846 cats and kittens. That is 120 felines a day, every day.
# If the intake numbers remain the same, AHS cat and kitten intake could add up to 3,600 per month!
# Overall, feline intake for 2006 is up 45 percent vs. the same time frame in 2005.
Feline intake at the AHS continues to increase at an alarming rate. During the first week of May, the AHS took in 846 cats and kittens.

“To say our feline intake is skyrocketing is an understatement,” said AHS Vice President of Operations Jill Van Tuyl who, along with other AHS staff and volunteers, is struggling to understand why so many friendly felines are being surrendered, dumped and abandoned. “Between May 1 and May 7, we took in nearly 850 unwanted cats and kittens! That adds up to 120 cats and kittens a day. If our intake continues at this pace, we will take in 3,600 cats and kittens this month alone … and because it’s the feline-breeding season, we expect that this awful trend will likely continue well into autumn.”


Animal Care Attendant Jennifer Castellanos welcomes a new batch of adoptable cats to the AHS Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion on Monday.
Finding loving, responsible homes for the scores of cats and kittens in need right now is a challenge – but one that the AHS is facing with cautious optimism by offering cat-adoption specials and incentives for feline fanciers. For example:

    * The AHS is continuing its 50-percent reduction off feline adoption fees through May 14 at all of its locations in the Valley; and
    * In June, the AHS will recognize “Adopt-a-Cat Month” with a 2-for-1 adoption special for all cats and kittens; or, single-cat adopters will get $10 off the usual adoption fee.

As always, cats and kittens at the AHS are spayed or neutered and have tested negative for feline leukemia; plus, they go home with a free collar and identification tag in a complimentary carrier. And, they receive a free, follow-up veterinary examination. Prospective adopters must be at least 18 years old and will be pre-screened. All adopters must qualify under usual-and-customary AHS adoption procedures.

         

Friendly “Miette” finds comfort in a fleece bed as she waits for a new family to take her home. “We’re hopeful that we can continue to place 100-percent of the healthy, adoptable cats and kittens in our care with loving, new families,” said Kim Noetzel, AHS spokeswoman. “We urge anyone who is ready, willing and able to make a lifetime commitment to a cat or kitten to visit any of our adoption centers right now. If you are ready for a kitty, there is no better time than right now to adopt one … or two!”

 

Despite the need for adopters, Noetzel cautioned against making an adoption decision without careful consideration and long-term planning. Even adult cats adopted now will likely be part of the family for the next decade or more.

 

“Although we’re in a bit of a cat crunch right now, we are still pre-screening everyone very carefully,” Noetzel said. “It’s a careful balancing act for us. We need to find homes for these kitties, but our ultimate goal is to find each of them an appropriate, responsible person or family. We want these kitties to leave our shelter and join families who will love them, and care for them, for the rest of their lives.”

 

“Clark” has been awaiting adoption since March 14 and is now part of the AHS Lonely Hearts Club; any pet awaiting adoption for 30 days or more at the AHS becomes part of the Lonely Hearts Club and his or her adoption fee is reduced.
AHS Adoption locations and hours of operation are as follows:

 

    * AHS Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion, 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix; 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday-Sunday;
    * AHS Sunnyslope Facility, 9226 N. 13th Ave., Phoenix; 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday-Sunday;
    * AHS East Valley Adoption Center (inside the Gilbert PETCO), 1015 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert; 11 AM to 7 PM daily;
    * PETCO, 6090 W. Behrend Drive, Glendale; 11 AM to 7 PM Wednesday-Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday;
    * PETsMART, 2901 W. Agua Fria Freeway, Phoenix; 11 AM to 7 PM Wednesday-Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday;
    * PETsMART, 9960 N. 91st Ave., Peoria; 11 AM to 7 PM Wednesday-Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday;
    * PETsMART, 10450 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix; 11 AM to 7 PM Wednesday-Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday;
    * PETsMART, 855 N. 54th Street, Chandler; 11 AM to 7 PM Wednesday-Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday;
    * PETsMART, 4920 S. Power Road, Mesa; 11 AM to 7 PM Wednesday-Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday

For more AHS pet-adoption information, call (602) 395-3874.