Cat adoption special – $5 you call it

Adult cats just $5 in San Diego

I love cats!

A great way to get more cats into homes and out of shelters is to offer reduced adoption fees.

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is offering a cat adoption special for the entire month of September. Approved adopters can take home a cat for only $5.

I don’t expect you all to flock to San Diego to adopt $5 Felines (although I want to hear about it if you do!). The point of this post is to show that a cat adoption special can make a big difference for the cats, the adopters and the shelter overall no matter where you live.

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For example:

  • Saving animals is good for public relations. I’m far more likely to donate to shelters that get their animals out the door alive. How about you?
  • “Free” or “reduced fee” is a marketing strategy that is attractive to everyone. We all like to save money, regardless of how much of it we have.
  • Increased adoptions means more people are having positive experiences at the shelter, which leads to more volunteers, more donations and more positive word of mouth.
  • More adoptions means more resources are available for the animals that truly need more time at the shelter.

Many high-profile shelters in the United States have implemented free or reduced-fee cat adoptions very successfully, according to Maddie’s Fund, a group with the mission of revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals.

One of these shelters is the Wisconsin Humane Society, which currently offers a “pick your price” adoption fee for its cats, according to its web site.

I love hearing all this!

As for San Diego, the purpose of this campaign is to encourage people to consider adoption when looking for a new pet, according to Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, in a press release.

“Every animal adopted makes space for another animal that’s in need of care, so our goal is to help all animals find a home as quickly as possible.”

Pictured is Torta (above) and Abby. How cute are they? Available now for just $5 each with San Diego Humane Society.

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Photos by San Diego Humane Society

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  1. Jessicavy on September 13, 2013

    Oh, don’t tempt me! I’ve driven 90 miles to San Diego for a pair of baby rats. You guys have all the good adoption events!

    I’m so happy to head San Diego is doing it’s best to home their stray cats. I haven’t heard of Orange County doing anything like this, although I did recently learn that Westminster city animal shelter is no-kill. Go Westminster!

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on September 13, 2013

      Aww, cute. Baby rats? Do you still have the rats?

      Glad to hear about the no-kill shelter in the city of Westminster.

      • Jessicavy on September 13, 2013

        I sure do! Odo and McCoy came from Wee Companions Rescue and I love them dearly. I was very lucky to have adopted them when I did because my oldest rat’s friend died suddenly last weekend, and if I didn’t have the new babies he’d be all alone right now. Thank you for not saying ‘eww rats!’

        Westminster is one of my favorite cities in Orange County. They have a free outdoor gym at their community center, Little Saigon, and of course the no-kill shelter.

        • Lindsay Stordahl Author on September 13, 2013

          I had a very friendly rat in one of my classrooms as an elementary kid. Coco left a lasting good impression on me for all rats 🙂