Heartland Humane Society will host a feline adoption event Sunday, August 22 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. During the event, residents can adopt one kitten for only $75, two kittens for $125, and any adult cat for $25. Due to an overwhelming number of kittens currently residing in their kennels, Heartland also noted that they are not currently accepting owner-surrendered cats.
If interested, you can fill out the cat adoption questionnaire here. Please note that appointments are not required for this event.
Kitten season— a time when cats are more likely to reproduce — is typically during the warmer months of late spring to early fall in Oregon. During this season, the staggering number of kittens brought in can quickly overwhelm animal shelters and rescues.
In addition to providing loving, forever homes for the kittens, the public can also help support HHS by donating items such as good quality dry and wet cat food, certain kitten milk replacements, cleaning supplies, and special diet dry cat foods. You can also donate funds to HHS, create a fundraiser, or become a foster parent.
While these animals need willing families to take them home, adopters should carefully consider the responsibilities before making this decision. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, problems with behavior, health, or unexpected size at adulthood account for 42% of re-homed cats and 47% of re-homed dogs.
HHS does a great job with their adoption questionnaires during their screening process, covering a wide range of questions relating to your home life, budget, and pet ownership history. However, it is important to think about these questions in detail before you commit to adopting.
Asking yourself the tough “what if” questions and creating a detailed budget for your prospective pet can be eye opening to the realities of pet ownership.
According to finance bloggers, you should budget roughly $500 for total adoption costs per pet. These include the adoption fee(s), necessary supplies such as food, litter, and toys, and, of course, veterinary visits. HHS spays and neuters each pet before they are eligible for adoption; however, if you adopt elsewhere, you may need to include that additional cost as well, a major procedure that can range anywhere between $50-$500 per pet, depending on gender and species. Additionally, pet owners should budget an estimated $500 per year for their pet for ongoing food, supplies, and pet insurance or medical fees.
For tips on budgeting for your new pet, check out this Money Under 30 article.
If you or someone you know is a current pet owner and houseless, HHS also offers pro-bono spay and neuter services.