Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Thursday only, cat lovers can pick their own fee to adopt a Somerset cat from the Niagara County SPCA.
The promotion, ongoing from noon to 8 p.m. at the Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, shelter, is aimed at securing permanent homes for 57 cats found living in an abandoned, unstable house in Somerset last month.
Sixty-one cats were trapped by volunteers from several private humane organizations and were taken to the SPCA shelter for veterinary care and recovery. According to SPCA Director Amy Lewis, three very sick cats died at the shelter and one was euthanized after tumors were found in it during surgery.
Among the survivors, 47 social, semi-social or barn cats have been spayed/neutered and are ready for immediate adoption. Ten others are still receiving veterinary care and need to be fostered a while before SPCA can relinquish them permanently; the pick-your-fee deal is in effect for these cats as well, Lewis said.
The promotion is SPCA's way of recruiting the public's help to relieve overcrowding in the shelter.
Adoption "is (the cats') chance at the life they deserve to have," Lewis said. "No adoption fee is too low or too high. Any adoption fee will be accepted."
Normally, SPCA's cat adoption fees are $125 for kittens, $75 for 6-month to 3-year-olds and $50 for 3 to 8-year-olds. The fee is waived for cats older than 8 years.