The annual summer influx of kittens has arrived at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, and residents can take one home for half price, or an older cat for free, as the shelter celebrates Adopt-a-Cat Month.
Cats 6 months old and younger are $25 at the shelter this month, half the normal price, and older cats are free. The shelter is also marking the occasion by throwing a “kitten shower,” modeled after a baby shower, on Saturday, hoping to find permanent and foster homes.
The shower, set for noon to 3 p.m., will feature free activities, games and refreshments, and tours of the shelter are available at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
The tours will include a look at parts of the shelters most people rarely see, like the horse barns and play pens.
Not enough room
The summer typically brings huge numbers of kittens to the shelters after stray cats breed earlier in the year. On a recent weekday, for example, 52 of the 226 animals the shelter took in were stray kittens, and the shelter simply doesn't have room for them all, shelter volunteer coordinator Jennie Mook said.
Every adopted cat and kitten at the shelter saves another life by making room for the next one.
“From March until August, we have a huge intake in kittens especially, but a lot of stray cats also,” said Tevin Garner, the shelter's adoption coordinator. “We're hoping for a big response.”
All adoptable animals at the shelter are sterilized, current on vaccinations and treated for worms and parasites.
The shelter, SE 29 and Bryant Avenue, is open for adoption from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day except holidays.