Lee County Domestic Animal Services will join more than 4,000 pet shelters and adoption centers across the U.S, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico during "Home 4 the Holidays 2012," a national event organized to raise awareness of the joys of owning shelter-adopted pets.
Organizers hope to match more than 1.5 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens with loving, adoptive families. LCDAS launched its campaign on Nov. 1 and by Dec. 31 hopes to place at least 500 pets from its facility into life-long homes.
The campaign will place special emphasis on finding homes for those pets that have been at the shelter the longest. Adopters can take home a new family member for $20 to $50 off the regular adoption fee based on their length of stay at the shelter.
The adoption fee for all pets includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, heartworm test for dogs 6 months or older, feline aids and leukemia test for cats, a Lee County license for pets 3 months or older, training DVD, Behavior Help Line, microchip pet ID, Science Diet pet food and a 10-day health guarantee.
The adoption package is valued at more than $500.
In the past, some shelters have actually gone so far as to discourage families from adopting pets during the holidays. Historically, however, this did not stop them from getting new pets during this time. It just took away the adoption option and forced them to support the puppy mill industry.
As always, Animal Services works to match the needs of the pets with the lifestyles of the families regardless of the time of year.
Adoption hours at Lee County Domestic Animal Services are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). Pictures of pets available for adoption can be viewed online at: www.LeeLostPets.com. The Web site updates hourly.
More information about the Lee County Animal Care Trust Fund is available online at: www.LeeLostPets.com.
Remember the ACTF for tax-deductible year-end giving. This fund assisted more than 1,200 pets this past year, requiring veterinary care for illness or injury. Donations can be made online or mailed to: Animal Care Trust Fund, c/o Lee County Domestic Animal Services, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912.