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Shelter Encourages Pet Owners to "Beat the Heat"

02/07/2014

It may be hard to imagine right now, but soon warmer temperatures will be here and your pets will be just as excited about being outside as you will be.  Last year the Fayetteville Animal Shelter saw a large increase in the number of unwanted cats and kittens brought to their doors.  "It was a very hard year for us last year when it came to cats; we were constantly trying to think of new promotions and events to get folks down here to adopt," said Justine Lentz, shelter superintendent. 

This year, shelter staff are encouraging citizens to have their pets or community cats spayed or neutered before the busy season gets here.  The shelter runs an income-based, low-cost spay and neuter program all year long.  The normal cost is $25 and that includes the surgery, a rabies vaccination, an optional basic booster vaccination and a microchip.  From now until March 31st the shelter is waiving the $25 fee for cats.  The shelter uses the HUD income guidelines, which may be found by visiting the City’s website at http://www.accessfayetteville.org/government/animal_services/shelter_programs/spay_neuter.cfm

"All you need to do is come down to the shelter with a photo I.D. and proof of income and we will get your appointment set up on the spot.  Appointments usually occur within one to two weeks of the application being turned in," explained programs administrator, Joni Mosher.  The shelter also wants to encourage people to have their canine family members taken care of as well for the low $25 rate, but their main focus this year is on cats.  "Cat adoption placement is one area where we constantly have to work hard at driving interest, so we are hoping our citizens are up to the challenge of helping us lower the amount of unwanted cats and kittens here in Fayetteville," stated Mosher.  "A lot of the kittens we see come from people who have been feeding a neighborhood cat and then that cat becomes pregnant and no one wants it around anymore," Mosher explained. "We want to make it as easy for people as possible to stop that cycle from continuing" Mosher said.

This particular program is only for Fayetteville residents, but there are options out there for citizens of other municipalities, and the shelter is happy to point you in the direction of one that can help you.  Please call us at the shelter at 479-444-3456 if you have questions.