Humane Society of St. Joseph County offering $5 cat adoptions in September
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—The adoption fee for a cat over six months old from the Humane Society of St. Joseph County is only $5 through September 30.
“We’ve been really filling up with litters of kittens and stray cats this time of year so we just really need to get some cats out and into their forever homes,” said the Humane Society’s Outreach Coordinator, Bailey Williams.
Williams said there are over 100 cats available for adoption, including litters of kittens that are being fostered in individual homes.
The $5 adoption fee for cats over six months old runs through September 30. The adoption fee for kittens under six months old is $75.
Williams said that while the Humane Society is working closely with more rescues across the country than ever before, they need the community’s help to find their animals forever homes.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, when there was the stay-at-home order, we saw a huge increase in the number of adoptions and the people interested in fostering. We actually had to turn away dog fosters because we didn’t have enough dogs to go around,” Williams said.
Now, as stay-at-home orders remain lifted, the animal care, control and adoption facility is seeing fewer adoptions.
“As people are going back to their normal routines, we’re seeing adoption numbers go down a little bit. Not as much interest in fostering right now so we definitely need some help getting some animals into foster homes. We’re in need of some kitten fosters and we’re definitely looking for more people interested in adopting,” Williams said.
Walk-ins at the shelter are currently not allowed because of the pandemic, but anyone interested in adopting a new furry friend can visit the shelter’s website to begin the application process.
Because of the pandemic, fundraising events have been canceled, leaving the facility with a greater need for donations.
Williams said that to replace the in-person events, the Humane Society is running multiple fundraisers on their website, including a Name-A-Pet campaign. People who donate a minimum of $5 online can submit their name ideas for the shelter’s current animals.
A wish list on the website also outlines specific needs that the shelter has, including products like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, bleach, enrichment toys for cats and dogs, kitten milk replacement, food and treats and more.
Williams said that unfortunately, the shelter’s annual trunk or treat event is canceled this year, but to stay tuned for a big announcement “soon.”