Lee County Domestic Animal Services is holding its own version of March Madness this month.
Not only are adoption fees reduced to $35 for cats 6 months and older and dogs 40 pounds and over, but adopters get an additional $10 off if they can make a basket.
No slam dunks or three-point shots are required for the deal.
Hundreds of great pets are available for adoption. Just visit the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, to make your pick.
Adoption applications may be submitted at the shelter or online at: www.LeeLostPets.com.
Pets currently available may be viewed online, as well. The Web site updates hourly.
Adoption hours are Monday-Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pet lovers who are not able to adopt can help by promoting shelter pets. For example, send out e-mails or like your favorites on Facebook and share them with friends.
Donations to the Animal Care Trust Fund help sick, injured and infant pets that need care to help them get ready for adoption.
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, and a 10-day Health Guarantee.
The total adoption package is valued at more than $500.
Help needed to save lives this kitten season
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is encouraging residents to be proactive and prevent pet overpopulation during the 2013 kitten season.
In 2012, over 5,000 cats and kittens entered local shelters with over 3,000 euthanized due to serious injury and illness. These tragic statistics could easily be prevented by spaying and neutering.
"We're seeing an alarming number of pregnant felines entering our shelter earlier than usual causing quite a concern because there just are not enough homes for all these animals," Executive Director Donna Ward said. "The senseless deaths of domestic animals in Lee County needs to stop, especially when there are free services being offered to solve pet overpopulation in our community."
Regardless of income there is an option for every owner to have their pets sterilized in Lee County.
There are many full services veterinarians as well as low-cost clinics for those who do not qualify for free programs but need affordable alternatives.
A list of Lee County veterinarians and low-cost clinics is available at: www.LeeLostPets.com.
Residents receiving government assistance are eligible for free spay/neuter services through Lee County Domestic Animal Services by calling (239) 533-9234 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax-deductible donations are gladly accepted to offset the cost of spay/neuter programs so more animals may benefit from these life-saving programs.
A $25 donation will help spay or neuter one more.
To donate online go to: www.LeeLostPets.com or mail tax-deductible donations to Animal Care Trust Fund, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912.