October has officially been deemed "Dogtober" at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
Nationally, the month has been dedicated to raising awareness about the joys and benefits of adopting shelter dogs. To do that, LCDAS is offering half off the regular adoption fee for all pets. That's right, even for cats.
In addition, all Saturdays during the month will be replaced by "Caturdays" and all feline adopters on "Caturdays" will receive a kitty goody bag.
Annually, LCDAS takes in 10,000 animals with an equal ratio of dogs to cats.
"We always need to place just as many dogs as cats so why not offer specials on both," Darcy Andrade, LCDAS kennel supervisor, said.
With the half price discount, adoption fees will range from $48 for a puppy to $38 for a kitten or adult dog. Adult cats will be just $25 and pets 6 years or older just $12. Cats and kittens may be adopted two for the price of one.
All adoptions still will include spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip ID, and many other veterinary services valued at more than $500.
Adopting a shelter pet will not only save the life of the special pet you take home, but it will also enrich your life. Dogs save lives, protect people, are used to fight crime and become service dogs for the handicapped.
Cats provide a sympathetic ear, great listening skills and boundless affection.
Nevertheless, shelters are full of so many homeless pets.
"People may not realize that abandoned and neglected dogs and cats can make wonderful companions and family pets," Donna Ward, LCDAS director said. "These animals have the potential to enrich people's lives in many ways so our goal is to match each of these unique pets with a person or family for the benefit of both."
During Dogtober, potential adopters may visit Lee County Domestic Animal Services, located off of Six Mile Cypress Parkway next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, to meet their new companions.
Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit: www.LeeLostPets.com. Also visit the Web site to view a current list of pets for adoption and lost pets. The website updates hourly.