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Huntsville Animal Services lowers cat adoption costs

Bring home a new furry friend! No adoption fees for adult cats and $35 for kittens through December 5 to help Huntsville Animal Services clear the shelter.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Huntsville Animal Services is filled to the brim with cats and kittens and needs your help to give these pets a new forever home. Through December 5, there is no adoption fee for adult cats and kittens are only $35. The shelter is temporarily no longer accepting cats and kittens.

Animal Services says it has been overcrowded with cats and kittens since June, and the effects of long-term shelter living can be seen in the eyes of the cats they care for. In particular, a cold is sweeping through the area of ​​the shelter known as Cat World, causing cats to have watery eyes, sneezing, and runny noses.

The shelter needs to adopt as many cats as possible as soon as possible so they can sanitize the cat room and break the cold. Typically, animals recover from illness much faster when they are in a home rather than a shelter. Animal Services will also provide any medications needed to treat adopted cats who still have cold symptoms.

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“We can and still will help sick, injured and distressed cats,” said director Karen Sheppard. “But instead of placing them here at the shelter, we will commit to providing supplies, emergency foster homes and medicines for owners and caretakers to take care of them elsewhere.”

The department’s Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program will also be temporarily affected by these measures. The community is encouraged to wait to catch cats and bring them to the shelter for spay/neuter and adoption until after December 5.

A decrease in cat adoptions and a rise in the number of cats relinquished have contributed to the current overpopulation, Sheppard said.

“Our plea is for people to come adopt a cat or kitten and hold off on catching cats,” she said. “We never want to deny service if we can help it, but this pause is absolutely necessary to get the cat population back to a manageable capacity.”

Pets available for adoption are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, chipped and come with a city permit and a free bag of pet food. Those unable to adopt are asked to consider taking in an animal through the shelter’s foster program.

Click here for photos, ages and descriptions of available animals.

Located at 4950 Triana Blvd. SW, the shelter is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m

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