Danville-Boyle County Humane Society is having a “Feline Free For All” during June.
“All adult cats are free of charge for anyone who can prove that they can provide a good home for them. It’s an exciting offer that we’ve never done before,” said Director Kathy Nelsen.
The humane society has joined the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Petfiner.com in declaring June Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month.
According to the humane society, May and June are the beginning of “kitten season” at animal shelters and rescue groups across the country because most kittens are born in the spring. As a result, people tend to choose kittens over adult cats.
“There are many advantages to adopting an adult cat,” said Nelsen. “Our cats come already sprayed and neutered and have received all necessary vaccines, they are typically litter-box trained, and they’re more mature than kittens so they require less maintenance,” she said.
The mission of the humane society is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals through sheltering, adoptions, community education, and spray/neuter programs.
It was founded in 1972 to simply help the abandoned and unwanted domestic animals in Boyle County.
In 2009, 1,329 felines were brought into the humane society, and 476 of those were adopted.
There currently are more than 175 cats and kittens in the care of the humane society.
Normal adoption fees are $75 and include spray/neuter surgery, shots and de-worming, dog licenses and leukemia tests.
A cat has to be at least one year or older to qualify for the “Feline Free For All” offer.
“We have a simple adoption application,” said Nelsen. “All you have to do is fill it out, and the staff members will look it over. Sometimes we'll check with landlords and what not, and if everything is good, we’ll go right ahead with the adoption,” she said.
The adoption maximum is two cats per household.
For more information, call the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society at (859) 238-1117.