Ohio Shelter Reduces Adoption Fee on Overweight Cats

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An Ohio animal shelter is hoping the reduced adoption fee for one of their many overweight felines will encourage prospective pet parents to bring them home and give them a healthy lifestyle.

This summer, Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard’s usual $70 adoption fee is being offered at a discounted rate for the adoption of their plus-size residents: $15 each or two for $20.

Development manager Mary Hiser told The Columbus Dispatch that an increasing number of surrendered cat are obese. “Some people think it’s cute,” she said. “They don’t realize it can lead to their cat needing insulin shots or having early heart failure.” The newspaper went on to indicate nine of the 55 cats currently living are the shelter are overweight.

Volunteers make sure the cats spend lots of time in larger spaces where they can receive exercise. “The best thing we can do for them is get them out of here and running through someone’s home so they can get some exercise,” Hiser told the paper. “We want them to have a healthier lifestyle.”

The largest cat is a 6-year-old black-and brown shorthair named Zebe, who weighs 23 pounds (10.4 kilograms).

4 thoughts on “Ohio Shelter Reduces Adoption Fee on Overweight Cats”

  1. I think they should always have a reduced adoption fee for the seniors animals. Too many have spent most of their life or a good many years in the shelter before they get out – if they get out.

  2. To Sniffles- My shelter I went to does greatly reduce the price, When I got Bronie, he was 5yrs old and I fell in love with him right away and would have paid more, but was glad that he was cheaper cause on being on a budget, I could buy him more stuff.

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