Animal programs

Adopt a pet for $25 or less at Citizens for Animal Protection.

Area animal shelters are scrambling to get back to normal after two years of the pandemic and want animal lovers to adopt their furry friends. Some will soon offer reduced adoption fees.

Citizens for Animal Protection in the Katy area plans to offer cat and dog adoptions for $25 or less May 2-8 through the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters spring event.

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CAP tries to have an adoption event every month to make room for more pets. Reduced fees reduce the initial cost to bring home a pet when a new pet can come along with expenses such as food, toys, and food and water dishes.

During the pandemic, CAP adopters had to fill out an application before even setting foot in the shelter and needed an appointment to see the animals. Now they can come in and look at the animals available, spot one they like, interact with it and ask to be adopted.

“It was really difficult for the visitors, but also for the staff and the animals, but we are quite happy to have passed this point where people can now come in and visit, come in.” said Bianca Burrascano, the shelter’s marketing coordinator.

Many shelters have seen adopted animals return during the pandemic as people return to the office. Burrascano said CAP hasn’t seen as many of these cases because he works hard to make sure the animals and their adopters are a good fit for each other.

Some people with more free time during quarantine volunteered to foster pets, but quit after returning to the office. CAP is always looking for new foster homes.

While adopters provide a forever, loving home, foster families provide a temporary home for pets that need additional medical care to prepare for adoption. Burrascano said both roles are important.

The refuge operates most of the time at full capacity. Even though the event is called Clearing the Shelters, burrascano explained that each kennel is reserved on a waiting list, which is good because it means a steady stream of animals find homes.

She said adoption “means everything” to animals and that adopting and not shopping helps an animal in need. She said adopting, instead of going to a “backyard breeder,” ensures the animal has its vaccinations and the medical care it needs and is neutered or neutered. It helps the community they go to.

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Neutering and spaying, Burrascano noted, is important and has several benefits, including fewer health issues in the animal’s life and fewer animals in shelters. She said most of the time, people whose pet has puppies or kittens don’t have a home already chosen for each one.

Generally, adoption fees for dogs and puppies at CAP range from $105 to $135. Fees for cats and kittens range from $30 to $85. Through its Pets for Seniors program, the shelter waives adoption fees for adults 60 and older.

Located at 17555 Katy Freeway in Houston, Citizens for Animal Protection is open by appointment from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information or to see which pets are available in real time, visit www.cap4pets.org.

Since 2016, Empty the Shelters has worked to find forever homes for over 83,000 pets. Twenty-three shelters in Texas and more than 275 shelters in 45 states and Canada are expected to participate in the spring event. Other participating Houston-area shelters include City of Houston-BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions and the Houston Humane Society. Visit https://tinyurl.com/yc5wv96e to see all the shelters and their plans.

“Shelters across the country are overcapacity and highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the biggest crises in years,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation, in a press release. “The BISSELL Pet Foundation calls on people to visit their community shelters during Empty the Shelters to save a life through adoption. Without you, there is no tomorrow for these deserving pets.

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