Raleigh, North Carolina – The Wake County Animal Center is encouraging adopters to bring home a cat or kitten this month – at whatever price is right for them.
Throughout the month of June, people can adopt a cat or kitten over 5 months old at any adoption rate.
Promotion comes in late spring, when large litters of kittens are born, resulting in overcrowded shelters.
The public can help by adopting or adopting cats. If you own a cat, make sure it is spayed or neutered, even if it stays indoors.
Last month, WRAL News reported that hundreds of feral cats are euthanized in Durham every year. Animal advocates explained to city leaders why, instead of trapping and euthanizing feral cats at shelters, they could instead be trapped, neutered, vaccinated and released.
The manager of the Durham animal shelter thinks it’s long overdue.
“Right now Durham is growing,” said Shafonda Allen, executive director of the Animal Protection Society of Durham. “We see more and more cats every year.”
If you find kittens in the wild, you don’t necessarily need to bring them to the shelter.
“Generally, the litters of kittens that are found are not abandoned. The mother has probably left to get food for herself and will be back soon,” said Dr. Jennifer Federico, director of the Wake County Animal Center. “If people find kittens that look sick, unthrifty, cry, look thin, they may need to step in and bring the kittens to our centre. Be sure to bring them only during opening hours.
If you’re interested in adopting, the shelter, located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh, is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. A gallery of adoptable pets is available online.