New Ken Animal Protectors promotes Adopt A Cat month in June
While June means the end of the school year and the start of summer, for Phyllis Framel, it also means the peak “kitten season.”
“Starting late March through the summer, most shelters and rescue groups are inundated with kittens,” says Framel, a member of the board of directors at Animal Protectors, a New Kensington-based no-kill shelter.
To help to increase adoptions of cats at shelters — at a time when there is a greater need to take in new rescues — June has been designated national Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.
In conjunction with that designation, Animal Protectors, which takes in dogs and cats, is offering a special on cat adoption fees. By increasing adoptions, the shelter will be able to take in more animals in need of homes.
“There probably isn't a day that goes by that we don't get a phone call about cats that need rescues,” says board member Michael Keryeski. “As a result, at this time of year, our cat population gets really high.”
To encourage adoptions, Animal Protectors is offering 50 percent off adoption fees for cats of all ages. Another way the shelter is hoping to help increase adoptions of the shelter's 60 cats and kittens is by encouraging two kittens to be adopted at once, Framel says.
“Cats need to play, and two are twice as much fun,” she adds.
The cost of adopting during June will mostly be between $25 and $40.
All of the shelter's cats are tested for illness and vaccinated, Framel says. Cats that weigh more than 3 pounds are also spayed or neutered.
“We take extra time and effort to make sure all of our cats are healthy and adoptable,” Framel says. “We carefully socialize our cats and consider all aspects of their personalities to ensure they find the best match for their forever home. We love the animals that come into our care, but we really want them in loving, forever homes.”
The response to the June appeal has been good, according to Keryeski. He says that often promotions — whether for increased adoptions, updates to the shelter or appeals for large items like lawn mowers — are met with enthusiasm from supporters.
“I've been down to the shelter a lot lately, and we've had a lot of people adopting a lot of dogs and cats,” he adds.
Even if you're looking for a purebred cat, Keryeski says don't discount looking in a shelter, as many popular breeds like Maine Coons can often be found at a place like Animal Protectors.
Buyers will save a lot of money compared to buying from a breeder, he says. But that's not the best part of the deal.“To me, adoption is just the best choice to go with, because you are definitely saving a life; there's no doubt about that,” he says. “That animal is going to spend the rest of its life making that up to you.”
Julie Martin is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 3 charged in East Deer home invasion
- Highlands Area Meals on Wheels recovers from burst water pipe
- Harmar-based company’s expansion into Tarentum adds jobs
- Harrison fire victim helps others while on road to recovery
- Authorities investigating grocery store robberies in Plum, Monroeville
- Be a Santa to a Senior delivers joy to nursing home residents in Oakmont
- Butler County initiative aims to find employment for struggling job-seekers
- 4 plead guilty to charges of luring, beating man at Harrison gas station
- Injunction postpones building demolition in Tarentum
- Return of Verona’s Doughboy statue delayed
- Monroeville man charged with bad-check racket