At the local animal shelter in Washington, Iowa, you might come across the orange and white colors of Crush or Tarot, the calico patterns of Rue and Brooks, or the tabby stripes of Delta, Adora or Mercury.
But the PAWS & More animal shelter has welcomed far more – more than 129 cats and kittens – in the past eight weeks alone to its range in Washington County in southeast Iowa. To cope with the unexpected influx of animals in need of a home, the shelter will be hosting two discounted adoption events, or “kitten showers,” on Saturday and Sunday.
“It was just a huge sum in a short enough period of time for us,” said Amber Talbot, shelter director at PAWS. “We take in a lot (of animals) in a year, but usually not at such a high rate all at once. We’ve been really inundated.”
“Showers for kittens” open to community members to adopt and donate
Community members are welcome to come to the “kitten shower” from noon to 4 pm each day at the shelter, whether it’s to adopt, drop off a donation – wet cat food is especially needed – or just cuddle a kitten. .
Bringing people into the shelter raises awareness of the need for donations, volunteers and adopters who, no matter what time of year, never go away, Talbot said.
“This will be our first in-person event since COVID, so I think everyone is just excited to spend some quality time with the animals, too,” she said.
The period from late April to fall is known as “kitten season,” when shelters are typically overcrowded with litters of felines in need of homes and medical attention.
At most, the PAWS shelter in Washington can comfortably accommodate around 100 cats and 12 to 15 dogs. Foster families replace other animals, including kittens, that do not enter the shelter until they are at least eight weeks old.
But the shelter’s adult cats like Venus, a calico with big green eyes, also need a home. Venus is loving and social, but wants to be the only cat in the area and is at the shelter longer than usual, a few months.
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Cost of cat adoption, medical care and more
All cats receive vaccines, medical care, sterilization services and a microchip before leaving the shelter. During weekend events, the fee for adopting a cat is $ 50 and for two is $ 75. These fees are reduced from the usual $ 100 and $ 150, respectively, which goes to animal care.
PAWS & More aims to reduce barriers to adoptions, said Talbot, and offers same-day adoption services.
“A big part of what we do is conversational adoption; we embrace learning about the person and understanding their surroundings, so we can make good matches and put the right animal in their home that works for them. them, ”she said.
The PAWS & More Animal Shelter is located at 1004½ W. Madison St., Washington, IA 52353. The kitten shower will be from noon to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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