Rising numbers prompts Regina Humane Society to reduce pet adoption fees for weekend event

Animal shelters across the province are hosting a pet adoption event to help find forever homes for homeless animals.

The Regina Humane Society (RHS) is one of the shelters participating in the Empty Our Shelters adoption event which kicked off on Thursday and runs until Sunday.

As shelters begin to reach seasonal capacity due to a higher number of incoming animals, humane societies such as RHS reduce their adoption fees for cats and dogs.

Lisa Koch, the executive director at RHS, is encouraging the public to come visit them this weekend since people are now beginning to wind down their vacation season and preparing for the fall months ahead.

Events such as this one help address the swelling populations at the shelter at this time of the year.

“It’s peak season for us, in particular for cats, and so this is a perfect time of the year for us to have this event,” explained Koch.

She mentioned how they have a large amount of kittens at the humane society right now since many of them are coming back from foster care.

23 kittens arrived on Thursday alone when the pet adoption event began. However Koch said they had 15 adoptions on their first day, which she admitted was a good start.

Here is a breakdown of how much the adoption fees cost over the four days.

  • Adult/junior cats: $25
  • Kittens: $75
  • Mature dogs: $149

The fees pay for spay/neuter surgery, tattoo, microchip, vaccinations, a complimentary vet exam and 30 days of pet insurance.

Koch said if anyone has been considering adding another member to their family lately, now is a great opportunity for them to do so.

“It’s equivalent to $700 in value, so it’s a wonderful deal considering you’re getting a wonderful new family member.”

Saskatchewan humane societies participating in this event are hoping to find homes for more than 400 pets.

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