The dog days of summer go to cats at CAHS

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August may be known as the dog days of summer, but the focus for the Capital Area Humane Society this month is on cats.

The Humane Society is the only open admissions cat shelter in the Columbus area, and is faced with a severe and chronic stray cat overpopulation problem. August efforts are dedicated to educating the public about the large number of loving cats and kittens available at the shelter, and to encourage adoption of homeless animals in need.

"We are equally committed to the health and well-being of all animals in need," said Jodi Lytle Buckman, executive director of the Capital Area Humane Society. "But cats are our big focus for August because that’s who needs the most help right now."

For all cats over one year of age adopted in the month of August, the adoption fee has been reduced to $30. Normally, the adoption fee for an adult cat is $45 – $65. Adult cats are often passed over for kittens, but they make equally loving companion animals. All Humane Society cats available for adoption have been de-wormed, spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia, treated with flea control and given their first vaccinations including rabies.

A "Cat Match" station will also be set-up in the Humane Society adoption atrium from 12 to 2 p.m. every Saturday in August and staffed by cat socialization volunteers. These experienced, feline-adoring volunteers can help potential cat adopters find a cat which meets their needs and lifestyle.  

The Cat Match station will also be distributing information on the Humane Society’s AdvoCAT program launched earlier this year. The AdvoCAT campaign aims to educate the community about the cat crisis in Columbus, implement programs to help improve the plight of cats, and inform citizens about what they can do to help. To become an AdvoCAT with the Humane Society, interested individuals can sign-up in person at the Humane Society, on the Web site at www.cahs-pets.org or by sending an e-mail to AdvoCAT@cahs-pets.org including name, mailing address and e-mail address.

If you’re interested in meeting any of the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies available for adoption at the Capital Area Humane Society, you can visit the shelter at 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court in Hilliard. The Humane Society is open to the public Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

More information is available online at www.cahs-pets.org or by calling 777-7387.

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