Free cats to good homes

A cat waits for a home at Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming.

A cat waits for a home at Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming.

Northwoods Humane Society is sticking their paw out and trying a new trick: waiving adoption fees for cats.

Throughout October, Northwoods will give free cats to caring and loving homes.

One goal is to decrease the amount of time cats spend in the shelter by moving them more quickly to new homes. Another is to get more cats adopted.

“Northwoods is full of felines,” said Brenda Farr Zelinka, executive director. Adoptions are down, with 366 cats adopted so far in 2013, compared to last year’s total of 589.

Zelinka approached the board of directors with the free adoption idea. “People are getting their cats from each other, or they find a stray cat and bring it home. It makes sense to give people the same opportunity here,” she said.

One advantage to getting a cat from the shelter is the savings on veterinary bills. All pets adopted from Northwoods have already been spayed or neutered, dewormed, vaccinated for distemper and treated for fleas and ear mites if needed.

In addition to being examined for physical health, cats are prescreened for personality, as shelter volunteers interact with them daily. Adopters can learn whether the cat is good with children, with other cats or with dogs, and whether the cat is shy or playful.

Currently 23 cats, all at least 2 years old, qualify for free adoption. Adoption fees still apply for kittens.

Regular adoption fees for mature cats range from $5 to $60 plus tax. Adopters who make a donation in lieu of a cat’s adoption fee will be given a receipt for a tax-deductible donation. Northwoods is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Northwoods is located at 7153 Lake Blvd. in Wyoming.

Adoption hours are from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information go online to www.northwoodshs.org or call 651-982-0240.

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