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Name your 'purr-fect' adoption price for humane society cat, kitten

Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of Harford County has introduced a new way to adopt a fun-loving feline - the "Pick Your Purr-Fect Price" cat adoption program, in which the humane society's intention is to unite even more fabulous felines with new families.

Last year, HSHC took in more than 3,000 cats and kittens and expects this year to be just as busy. The spring and summer months are especially challenging because of the increased numbers of kittens and pregnant mothers entering the shelter.

"It happens every spring and summer, and the sheer number of incoming animals can be overwhelming," Mary Leavens, executive director of the shelter, said. "Our primary goal is to help find forever homes for as many adoptable animals as possible. This program has proven to be a very effective method to greatly increase cat adoptions at numerous shelters across the country."

Taking in a stray cat or kitten from the street is noble; however, the first visit to the veterinarian can be very eye-opening, considering all the costs to ensure a happy, healthy companion animal. At the end of the first year with a stray cat, vet bills can easily exceed $425.

Before picking your "purr-fect" price, consider these facts: the Humane Society of Harford County is a non-profit organization that is not affiliated with Harford County Government or the Humane Society of the United States and it relies on the support of the community to raise the funds it needs to continue aiding homeless and neglected animals; and for every cat it shelters, the humane society invests well over $150 to ready the cat for a permanent home, including immunizations, treatments, spaying or neutering, testing, food and care. With these factors in mind, adopt a cat or kitten at the price you tell us!

If your new best friend isn't already spayed or neutered, there is a $50 deposit at the time of adoption that is refunded upon completion of the procedure within 60 days (or 60 days after the kitten reaches 6 months old).

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