July fireworks have officially begun with a pet population explosion in Lee County. As we celebrate our country's independence, Lee County Domestic Animal Services hopes to give homeless pets a chance for independence too.
Throughout the entire month of July pets designated as "red," adult dogs and cats, may be adopted for $10. Those designated "white" - puppies and small breed dogs - may be adopted for $45, and "blue" pets, or kittens, may be adopted for only $25.
Cats and kittens are also two for the price of one.
The increase in pets entering the shelter coincides with the start of kitten season which began in May. An average of 523 cats per month enters the shelter during kitten season compared to a monthly average of only 286 during the rest of the year, an 83 percent increase.
The problem is also compounded by a drop in adoptions during summer months and the continuation of a renovation project for the shelter's kennels.
"We are utilizing every foster home we have available to give these cats and kittens a chance," said Donna Ward, LCDAS director. "Kittens raised in a foster home are very sociable, playful, and have the benefit of early litter training."
Once kittens are old enough they return to the shelter for adoption.
Although fees will be reduced, the adoption package valued at $500 still includes the following:
- Spay/neuter surgery
- Age-appropriate vaccinations
- Rabies vaccination and county license for pets over 3 months
- 10-day pet health guarantee
- Microchip ID
- Feline Leukemia and AIDS test for cats
- Heartworm test for dogs more than six months
- Flea treatment
- Training DVD
- Bag of Science Diet pet food
Photos and information about lost pets or pets for adoption are available on the website at www.leelostpets.com. Pet information on the website updates hourly.
Adoption applications may be completed online. Anyone interested in fostering pets may also obtain an application online.