Local animal shelters offering adoption specials to help stop overflow

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

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Aiken, SC 29801

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News 12 This Morning / Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

AIKEN, S.C. -- When you walk in the front doors of the SPCA, the front room is filled with cats looking for a home. They also fill back rooms and overflow into a building across the street.

So until the end of August, they are letting you name your own price to adopt all the cats and kittens.

"As soon as you pick them up, they just purr and they're just so happy to be loved and touched and just have that contact with people," said volunteer Nicholas Chipman.

That contact is all too rare for the kittens sitting in their cages.

"They need a companion just as much as we do," Chipman said. "It helps them. You don't want a cat to be in that cage their entire lives. You want them to be free and have a family and be loved and I think it's really important for the animals to have that contact with people."

Every day more and more animals are brought to shelters looking for a home.

"We're definitely over full, over capacity," said Gary Willoughby, president of the SPCA in Aiken. "On our property right now we have probably 215 animals, which is probably 50 or 60 more than we'd like to have."

Right now there are around 120 cats in the shelter. That's about 40 more than they typically like to keep at any given time. Cats as young as 2 months old are waiting to be adopted.

They say the extreme heat this year has caused a spike in breeding.

"The breeding season seems to be lasting longer, so we're getting more kittens and puppies coming in than years past," Willoughby said.

So for the next week they're offering adoption specials, allowing you to name your own price for a cat.

"Normally their adoption fees are $75," Willoughby said. "Right now we're allowing folks, whatever adoption fee they wanna pay, that's what the adoption fee is. It will still include them being spayed or neutered, microchipped and having all their shots."

The special runs for one more week. They say its not just the SPCA, but shelters all over Aiken County that are full and need your help.

The SPCA is getting a new facility, the Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. They will have four times the amount of space, allowing them to hold four times as many animals at any given time. They should be moving in sometime after Labor Day.

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