AHA declares month of June as Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Published 10:09 am Monday, June 20, 2016

By Emily Wangen

Every spring, humane societies across the country are flooded with kittens, according to Humane Society of Freeborn County cat volunteer and cat behavior consultant Dee Amberg.

To spotlight the influx of cats, the American Humane Association has declared June “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month,” and the Humane Society of Freeborn County is celebrating with a special deal on cats.

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Through the month of June all cats and kittens have an adoption fee of $25, or $30 for two kittens. After the month of June ends, the cat adoption fee will return to its normal price of $40.

This month, the shelter has adopted out approximately 12 kittens and six adult cats. This is fairly normal for the shelter during this month, according to Amberg.

Those who are looking to adopt must fill out an application online at the Humane Society of Freeborn County’s website or in person.

The application requires applicants with landlords to get permission and all applicants to have a veterinarian for the cat picked out before applying.

Amberg urged potential owners to do their homework before adopting.

With a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, cats are a long-term commitment, she said. To help prepare for that commitment, Amberg offered three pieces of advice: be prepared to deal with any health issues, spay or neuter the animal and have a plan for the cat in case something happens to the owner.

To Amberg, cat ownership provides an endless amount of joy.

“Having a cat in the home is like having a best friend around,” she said.