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First State SPCA Waives Adoption Fees in August

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 CAMDEN, Del.- For the month of August 2014, adoption fees for adult cats and dogs, more than 6 months of age, are being waived due to overcrowding. This will help the Animal Center with its ASPCA Adoption Challenge. The challenge ends August 31, 2014 at midnight.

Adoption fees of $20 are also being waived.

This special applies to the main Camden shelter, PetSmart in North Dover, and all adoption events. This applies only while the center has available animals for adoption, and only for the month of August 2014.

“We work diligently to comply with the unfunded mandates expected of us, one of those with the biggest impact is accepting all homeless cats and dogs that we have room for,” said J. Kevin Usilton, Executive Director. “This has brought us to a place where we have more animals that we really have space for, so we’ve decided to waive the adoption fees just for the month of August for our adoptable animals.”

Currently, the FSAC-SPCA has 130 available animals for adoption, including 71 cats, 60 dogs, two rabbits, a hamster, and a small pony. The center is holding more than 200 animals waiting either for adoption, return to lost owner, or euthanasia.

The First State Animal Center and SPCA is part of the ASPCA Rachel Ray Adoption Challenge, which runs from June 1 through August 31. As of July 15, the FSAC-SPCA was in 35th place out of 50, and 6th place out of ten in its division.

“We would like to win this competition, which will bring much needed resources to our State's homeless animals,” added Usilton.

Usilton said many participating animal shelters in the Challenge have waived their adoption fees during a timeframe to help adopt out the animals in their care, so this can be a normal practice.

“Also, we are firm believers that an animal will do much better in the care of a loving home and family, instead of spending its life in shelter, regardless of how well the animal center cares for it,” he said, noting that the animals are extremely well cared for at FSAC-SPCA.

Usilton also said that all potential adoptive families and individuals will still have to qualify for the adoption and go through the adoption screening. Usilton said those families should  be prepared to wait in a possible line. The adoption fee waiver will be in effect until the end of August, or until all adoptable animals are adopted, whichever comes first.

Lisa Strong Chase, director of development and marketing for the FSAC-SPCA, said this is an extremely generous move on the center’s part. “Every adoptable animal that is placed on the adoption list is vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped, which costs us about $150 per animal,” she said. “That doesn’t include the board and food costs. Our fund-raising appeals quote $1,000 can cover the cost of a dog’s stay in the kennel, from the intake date to the adoption date – if the dog is in for a few months. For a cat, it is $500. This will help us hopefully find wonderful forever homes for the animals in our care. I think it is also a gift to the community, which has been so supportive of our efforts.”

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.
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