With summer here, Lee County Domestic Animal Services needs foster homes for its pets more than ever. Not to mention "forever" homes.
Foster homes are needed year-round, but more are needed during kitten season, when the threat of cold has gone and cats are more likely to produce litters.
From May through October the intake of cats and kittens doubles from a monthly average of 250 to 500 per month. LCDAS also typically takes in 400 dogs each month, said Ria Brown, LCDAS public information officer.
Manny is looking for a new home. His ID is 564410. He is 3 months old.
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"The foster program is absolutely essential in saving lives when shelter overcrowding reaches critical levels," Brown said.
"June is really the beginning of our crisis season since adoptions tend to slow down in the summer too," according to Donna Ward, LCDAS director, in a statement.
Ward said that many kittens that have been in foster care the last two months are back at the shelter and ready for new homes.
Foster families are needed for nursing mother cats with kittens, kittens and puppies not old enough for adoption, and adult dogs that need socialization or recovery time from a treatable illness.
LCDAS provides all necessary supplies including food, medications and veterinary care.
"Please open your heart and your home to these animals and assist us in saving lives," Ward said. "The rewards of fostering are tremendous."
Also, LCDAS will offer discounts to prospective pet owners in an attempt to empty its cages and lessen the need for foster homes.
All cats six months and over are just $25 and will be offered two for one. Also, the shelter is reducing the adoption fee for dogs 35 pounds and over to just $35.
The discounted fees still include all the same veterinary and other services valued at over $500. Every pet adopted will receive spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and older, feline aids and leukemia test for cats, Lee County pet license for pets three months and older, microchip ID, 10-day health guarantee, and Pet Behavior Helpline.
Pets available for adoption may be viewed online and adopters can submit their application online.
The Web site updates hourly. Volunteers and staff will be available to help individuals and families select the pet that best suits their lifestyle.
The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway.
Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
For more info, go online at www.LeeLostPets.com or call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS).