Cat lovers in Queens will have something to look forward to this month when they go to St. Albans. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently announced that it will be going mobile, in the hopes of bringing adoptable shelter cats and kittens and potential pet owners together.
The ASPCA Mobile Adoption Center, 26-foot long custom built vehicle, will stop in Queens and offer residents the opportunity to adopt a pet. All cats and kittens are available for same-day adoption.
“The ASPCA Mobile Adoption Center gives New Yorkers the chance to adopt a companion cat or kitten right in their own neighborhood,” said Diane Wilkerson, Director of the ASPCA’s Volunteer Program who manages the Mobile Adoption Center program as well.
All of the pets have been spayed or neutered and are up-to-date with their vaccinations. Adopters will receive a free cat carrier, care information, and a certificate for a free follow-up exam within the first two weeks of the adoption at the organization’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. The adoption fees range from as little as $75 to $125. No additional fee will be charged if the adopter chooses to adopt more than one pet at the same time.
Those who are interested in adopting are required to bring two forms of identification, one with their current address and one photo ID. ASPCA may also ask the potential adopter to provide a personal reference.
On Saturday, August 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Mobile Adoption Center will be at the ASPCA Block Party at Roy Wilkins Park, St. Albans. Pet owners will also be able to take advantage of ASPCA’s Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic during that time.
“Each summer, the city’s shelters are inundated with hundreds of kittens and puppies without homes,” said Aimee Christian, senior director of the ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics. “The ASPCA is encouraging all pet parents to support New York City’s homeless pets by having their own cat or dog spayed or neutered.”
Services provided by the clinic will be free, and pet owners are strongly encouraged to neuter their pets if they have not done so already. Neutering allows one’s pet to remain healthy and limits its nuisance behavior.