For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Leavens
Humane Society of Harford County
Fallston, MD (June 11, 2013) – The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) has introduced a brand new way to adopt a fun-loving feline—the “Pick Your Purr-Fect Price” cat adoption program. There’s no catch; no hidden agenda; and no set adoption fee. HSHC’s intention with this new cat adoption program is to unite even more fabulous felines with new families.
Last year, HSHC took in over 3,000 cats and kittens and expects this year to be just as busy. The spring and summer months are especially challenging because of the increased numbers of kittens and pregnant mothers entering the shelter. “It happens every spring and summer, and the sheer number of incoming animals can be overwhelming,” says Mary Leavens, Executive Director. “Our primary goal is to help find forever homes for as many adoptable animals as possible. This program has proven to be a very effective method to greatly increase cat adoptions at numerous shelters across the country.”
Taking in a stray cat or kitten from the street is noble; however, the first visit to the veterinarian can be very eye-opening, considering all the costs to ensure a happy, healthy companion animal. At the end of the first year with a stray cat, vet bills can easily exceed $425 (see illustration at right; click to enlarge).
Before picking your purr-fect price, consider these facts: (1) HSHC is a non-profit organization that is not affiliated with Harford County Government or the Humane Society of the United States. HSHC relies on the support of the community to raise the funds it needs to continue aiding homeless and neglected animals. (2) For every cat it shelters, HSHC invests well over $150 to ready the cat for a permanent home, including immunizations, treatments, spaying or neutering, testing, food and care. With these factors in mind, adopt a cat or kitten at the price you tell us!
If your new best friend isn’t already spayed or neutered, there is a $50 deposit at the time of adoption that is refunded to you upon completion of the procedure within 60 days (or 60 days after the kitten reaches 6 months old).
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.