Animal Welfare Society offers cat adoption discounts

LEETOWN — The Animal Welfare Society’s no-kill animal shelter on Leetown Pike has experienced a 100 percent increase in cats and kittens in the last three months. To increase adoptions, the shelter is discounting the adoption fee for all cats and kittens by 50 percent for July and August.

The adoption cost for one cat will now be $40 and, now, two companion cats can be adopted for the price of one ($80). Senior citizens can adopt for free and senior cats over the age of 7 are $20.

This fee still includes all the first year vaccinations, (including rabies), feline leukemia, feline AIDS, heartworm testing and deworming.  The fee also includes the spaying or neutering of each cat prior to adoption. Cats residing at Petco in Ranson and PetSmart in Martinsburg are already spayed or neutered and most cats/kittens at the shelter are also ready to go to their forever homes. 

Adopting this summer also helps all the other cats in waiting by furnishing them with more elbow room at the shelter. The cats can be viewed on the AWS website, but a visit to the shelter, Petco or PetSmart will allow buyers to interact with their potential new best friend(s). 

The average number of cats/kittens that reside at the shelter waiting for homes is around 35.  The population of cats and kittens this month is over 70, doubling the average number. Eighteen of those 70 are kittens in foster care because the capacity of the shelter is beyond its limit. As shelter cats are adopted, foster cats move into the shelter to await their forever home. The problem arises when a cat is adopted and another one is left defenseless in a box on the doorstep of the shelter in the middle of the night, preventing cats and kittens in foster care from returning to the shelter for adoption. Foster cats are showcased during Petco and PetSmart adoption days with success, but these adoptions do not keep up with the number of incoming cats. In April, AWS started with 40 cats; by June 58 new cats had arrived with 27 adopted

The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County was incorporated in 1952 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary of helping homeless pets in the community. The shelter is located at 23 Poor Farm Road in Leetown near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The shelter is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment during days the shelter is not open to the public. The shelter is always in need of cat litter, kitten food, paper towels and monetary donations. For more information, call 304-725-0589.

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