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Animal services: Expect it to rain cats and dogs

April 17, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

It's raining cats and dogs this April at Lee County Domestic Animal Services and the showers are bringing deep discounts on pet adoptions at the shelter.

Dogs and cats that have been at the shelter for more than a month can be adopted for only $35. The promotion is aimed at bringing awareness to the numbers of pets that end up in our county shelter due to pet overpopulation and the need for all owners to spay and neuter their pets.

April is when LCDAS begins to see a rise in the number of cats and kittens entering the shelter. During the 2012 kitten season the shelter's intake of cats doubled from a monthly average of 267 to 491. The intake of dogs is consistently high with an average of 400 dogs entering the shelter monthly.

"Don't delay," Donna Ward, LCDAS director, said. "Spay and neuter your pets now before shelters begin to fill up and the likelihood they will all find homes is impossible."

"If you are looking for a new pet, please adopt and save a life," she said.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and older, feline aids and leukemia test for cats, Lee County pet license for pets three months and older, microchip ID, 10-day health guarantee, and Pet Behavior Helpline.

Pets available for adoption may be viewed online and adopters can submit an application online as well. The Web site updates hourly.

Volunteers and staff will be available to help individuals and families select the pet that best suits their lifestyle.

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



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