The City of Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) announced June as the American Humane Association's national Adopt-a-Cat Month. The designation hopes to promote cat adoptions due to the surge of cats that come to the nation's shelters during the spring and summer. The division handles more than 15,000 animals per year, including stray, surrendered, abused and neglected animals.
"When cats are not neutered or spayed, they reproduce quickly, and spring and summer are when cats are most active, resulting in more kittens showing up at our doors," says Dr. Catherine Pienkos, DVM, Tulsa Animal Welfare, in a press release. "We encourage people to visit and meet all the great cats we have here. They're all looking for loving, permanent homes."
To celebrate June as Adopt-a-Cat Month, TAW is offering a special adoption fee for all cat adoptions. During June, all cats and kittens can be adopted from the shelter for $25.00. The adoption fee includes a first round of vaccinations, testing for Feline Leukemia and immunodeficiency viruses and spay/neuter surgery. The market cost of these services is more than $200. For information about adopting a cat, call 669-6299.
Tulsa Animal Welfare would also like to encourage the public to take advantage of its Ride-Along program. The programs allow citizens to observe work firsthand as TAW employees pick up stray animals, reunite lost pets with owners and find new homes for unwanted pets. Animal Welfare Officer Ride Alongs are available from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. For more information about the program, call 669-6275.
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