It's raining (discount) cats and dogs at Animal Services

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 9:32 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

Alachua County Animal Services is doing some spring cleaning this week, which means people looking for a new companion can get a cat or dog at yard-sale prices.

University of Florida veterinary students are teaming up with Animal Services on the “Spring Fling” event to find homes for as many cats and dogs as possible as the county prepares for renovations to cat areas.

“We’re trying to make it a spring fling, love is in the air, kind of thing,” said student Jaime Willson[a], a member of the Shelter Medicine Club. “We will be subsidizing adoption fees and will have volunteers out there Friday and Saturday.”

The event runs from today through April 10. Adoption fees are reduced to $40 for dogs and $30 for cats, down from $85 for dogs and $75 for cats.

No fee will be charged for animals that have been at the shelter for more than one month.

Animal Services Director Vernon Sawyer said Tuesday morning the shelter has 56 cats and dogs available for adoption.

The event is primarily focused on cats. The cages in cat rooms are being modified to make them larger, which should make a stay in the shelter less stressful and more healthy for the felines.

Animal Services hopes to find homes for as many cats as it can to accommodate the renovations and because fewer cages will be available once the work is done. Sawyer said the shelter becomes overrun with kittens in the spring.

“It’s starting to get into cat season soon. Though it’s been a weird spring, I’m sure Mother Nature will rebound with a vengeance,” Sawyer said.

Animal Services is at 3900 NE 53rd Ave., and its hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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