‘Fur’Ever Homes Urgently Needed for Cats & Kittens

Be a lifesaver when you adopt a cat or kitten for just $25 from the Humane Society of Harford County

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mary Leavens
Humane Society of Harford County
410-836-1090, x101
[email protected]

Fallston, MD (August 7, 2012) – A warmer-than-average winter may be to blame for a massive influx of cats and kittens at the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) this summer. “An average of 70 cats and kittens have come into the shelter each week since the beginning of June,” said Mary Leavens, executive director. In response, HSHC is lowering the adoption fees of all the felines from $95 to just $25 until Labor Day.

The majority of the cats coming into the shelter are strays, either picked up by Harford County Animal Control or found and brought in by members of the community. Because HSHC has an open-door policy, the shelter accepts every animal brought in, every day – even the ones whose health, age or personality aren’t ideal; even the ones other shelters turn away. By adopting from HSHC, you can really make a difference and save the life of a needy cat or kitten. Cats, kittens and all other pets can be viewed here, but a personal visit is strongly encouraged.

“Because we don’t discriminate, we take in a huge number of animals – almost 4,500 each year,” Leavens said. “We’re issuing a plea to anyone who’s been thinking about adding a new feline to the family – please come this month to adopt one of our cats.”

If you know someone who is planning to adopt a cat or kitten but who hasn’t yet, please share this list of 5 Reasons to Adopt a Cat from HSHC with them:

1. You WILL make a difference. By adopting a cat or kitten from the Humane Society of Harford County, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the cat you adopt and a homeless cat somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. You will find your perfect match. HSHC is brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong”. In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of “people reasons,” not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time or financial constraints are among the most common reasons why pets lose their homes.

3. You’ll save time and money. The $25 adoption fee includes the first set of Distemper shots, a rabies vaccination, a microchip, de-wormer, a general health exam, flea & tick preventative, and a free bag of starter food. If the cat or kitten you adopt is not already spayed or neutered, there is a $50 deposit that is refunded to you once the procedure is completed. If you were to pay for those services yourself, you’d spend much more.

4. You will receive unconditional love. Ask anyone who’s adopted: cats are charming, lovable pets that offer endless fun and entertainment.

5. You will have a quiet, cleanly, furry friend. Cats are ideal for apartment, condo and townhome dwellers because they don’t bark. Even if you get the occasional meow, cats keep their vocalizations to a minimum. Cats are fastidious about keeping themselves neat and clean, which means no expensive trips to the groomer or weekly baths. And because they use a litter box, there are no 5 am walks. Life is good!

To learn more about adopting a pet from HSHC, click here. HSHC is open Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 4,500 animals that come to us each year. We promote the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. We are not a county agency nor are we affiliated with any national or regional organization. Your tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to our life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of our community.