Society cuts fees for felineA shy sweetheart and a chatty calico have been waiting more than six months for a forever home. To encourage visitors to adopt these long-term boarders, the Humane Society of Douglas County recently dropped the fee to $25.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A shy sweetheart and a chatty calico have been waiting more than six months for a forever home. To encourage visitors to adopt these long-term boarders, the Humane Society of Douglas County recently dropped the fee to $25.
“Ideally, everybody would get a home within one month of coming in,” said shelter manager Sheila Keup. But that’s not happening.
Precious has been caged at the shelter since October. The soft gray and white cat was once shy, but thanks to the work of volunteers she now seeks out attention.
“If she got into a home, she’d make somebody a wonderful, loving cat,” Keup said.
Two big personalities are waiting for families to call their own. Both Foxy and Rhonda were given up by owners who could no longer care for them. The two calico cats know what they want and they alert shelter staff if they’re displeased with a running commentary of “Meows.” If Keup forgets to give Foxy a treat first thing in the morning, for instance, the cat with the huge personality follows her around and lets her know about it.
“It’s almost like she’s talking to you,” Keup said.
On the other end of the spectrum in Nadine, a long-haired cuddler who Keup said is “one of the prettiest cats we’ve ever had here.” She, too, was surrendered by her owners. But she’s been waiting since January for a new home.
“Six months in a cage is pretty sad,” said humane society secretary Jean Kioski. “They’re great cats, (but) they’re adults and they sit.”
At a meeting last month, the humane society board decided to slash prices to $25 for cats who have been at the shelter six months or longer. Currently, there are eight and by next month, another six will be added to the list.
Getting a shelter animal makes sense, Kioski said. They have been altered, dewormed, tested for feline leukemia and are up-to-date on shots. They have everything they need, except a home.
“We just want to get good homes for them,” Kioski said.
The adoption fee for shelter cats that are nine years old or older is also $25. The adoption fee for kittens six months old and younger is $75 and the regular adoption fee for cats that are six months to eight years old is $50. For more information on the humane society or the animals available for adoption, look up the website, http://www.hsdcpets.com/, stop by the shelter at 3302 S. Humane Society Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily or 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, or find the organization on Facebook.