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News / Animal Shelter Seeks Assistance, Waives Cat Adopt Fees

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The Lawrence Humane Society is requesting immediate assistance from the community to provide homes for cats and kittens. Recent surges in feline intake numbers have pushed current occupancy beyond the maximum level of its animal shelter, 1805 E. 19th Street. When the population at the shelter exceeds capacity, animals are at increased risk of illness and behavioral problems, and added pressure on resources begins to limit the ability to provide important services.

The animal shelter currently has more than 200 healthy adoptable cats and kittens. To help place them in homes more quickly, the organization is waiving all adoption fees, effective Tuesday, June 14, and continuing until the situation has been stabilized. This decision temporarily supersedes the shelter's current "$9 for 9 Lives" feline promotion that has been offered in recognition of Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Regular adoption eligibility requirements apply, and a refundable spay/neuter deposit will be required for certain animals not able to be altered before going home.

Cats make great pets for many reasons Compared with other animals, cats are more self-sufficient and can be happy in a smaller living space. Studies have shown people with feline companions may experience reduced blood pressure, and kitties may even help fight depression and loneliness. And, as you know, you won't have to worry about mice!

The seriousness of the shelter’s overpopulation situation highlights the responsibility of the community to keep its animal population at manageable levels. Simply encouraging friends and family to have pets spayed or neutered significantly helps not only the animal shelter but the community as a whole.

A selection of wonderful shelter cats may be found at the Lawrence Humane Society Web site, www.lawrencehumane.org, or by visiting the shelter.

Questions? Please contact: Emily Peterson President, Lawrence Humane Society Board of Directors emilyp@lawrencehumane.org

Terry Erisman Board Member m: 785-979-1594 events@lawrencehumane.org