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County’s animal service reports cats are in crisis

October 17, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Shelter overcrowding at Lee County Domestic Animal Services, especially for cats, has been an ongoing problem during the summer months and is continuing into fall. Space is currently beyond capacity for housing stray cats and kittens and cats available for adoption.

The shelter has more than 260 cats, including 100 in foster care that are ready to come back to the shelter for adoption. Meanwhile, 10 to 20 new cats and three to four litters arrive daily.

The agency is asking the public to take advantage of the shelter's current adoption promotions and save a life. During the remainder of October, all pet adoption fees are half off the regular fee. That means it will only cost $12 to $48 to adopt a pet.

Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The shelter is at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers.

Reduced adoption fees still include the same services - spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, microchip ID, de-worming, flea treatment, aids and leukemia test for cats, heartworm test for dogs 6 months and older, Lee County pet license for pets 3 months and older, bag of Science Diet pet food, and a 10-day health guarantee.

Adopters also have access to a pet behavior helpline.

"The public can also help by spaying and neutering their pets so that shelters are not faced with this dilemma year in and year out," Donna Ward, director of Lee County Domestic Animal Services, said. "The best shelter is a caring community and we need every pet owner's support to put an end to euthanasia of healthy adoptable animals."

Current lists of pets for adoption and lost pets are online at: The Web site updates hourly.



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