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New Ken Animal Protectors promotes Adopt A Cat month in June

| Sunday, June 16, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp
Animal Protectors employee Jody Berisko plays with kittens during 'Adopt A Shelter Cat Month' at Animal Protectors in New Kensington.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Jaden, a tabby kitten, peeks from inside his cage during 'Adopt A Shelter Cat Month' at Animal Protectors in New Kensington.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Abe, a black cat, and Amelia, a tabby cat, play together during 'Adopt A Shelter Cat Month' at Animal Protectors in New Kensington.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Abe, a black cat, peers beside a sign promoting 'Adopt A Shelter Cat Month' at Animal Protectors in New Kensington.

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.

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