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Feline frenzy

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The Bangor Humane Society has been overwhelmed with the number of cats recently turned in at the shelter and is hoping a new "Name your adoption fee" discount program will encourage more people to take one of these felines home.

"Within 24 hours, we had 50 cats surrendered," said Stacey Coventry, public relations manager for the Bangor Humane Society.

"I think with these hard economic times, we're seeing more people surrendering their cats because they are moving into places that don't allow pets or they just can't afford vet care anymore, so they're placed between a rock and hard place and have to surrender their cat," explained Coventry.

Last week, the shelter on Mt. Hope Avenue was nearing capacity with 250 cats, including approximately 100 cats that are in the shelter's foster care program.

"We have wonderful volunteers that serve as foster families. We often have kittens that come in that aren't spayed, neutered or old enough to be adopted, or we will have a cat that's had surgery and needs recovery time before it's able to be put up for adoption," said Coventry. "So these volunteers will care for the cats on a day to day basis and we provide all the food and vet care necessary."

Coventry's biggest fear is the increased health risks that come with the growing number of felines housed at the shelter.

"They can contract diseases and it can spread, but that can be prevented if they're adopted early enough," she said.

With the Bangor Humane Society's new "Name your adoption fee" discount program, individuals can choose the adoption fee for their cat of choice 6 months of age and older, simply by making a minimum donation of at least $10.

"We want to show that these animals do have value. That's why we set an adoption fee at a minimum of $10. We'd rather see them placed in a home than get sick," explained Coventry.

The "Name your adoption fee" discount program runs through the end of August. To check out the cats currently available for adoption, stop by the Bangor Humane Society Monday through Friday 12-6 p.m. or Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You can also visit them online at for more information.

Last modified on Thursday, 08 December 2011 12:34


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