Mohawk Honda of Scotia, NY, hosted a relatively small but successful adoption clinic in its main showroom today from 10 AM to 2 PM. Three groups brought dogs, cats and many kittens hoping to find them forever homes. By noon, several were on their way.
Saratoga County Animal Shelter, HOPE (Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist), and the Animal Protective Foundation offered a selection of healthy, social animals for families and prospective adopters to get to know.
Kim Jess, Community Outreach Manager of the Animal Protective Foundation, said they currently have about 125 animals waiting for adoption. Of those, about 90 are cats and kittens, with the vast majority being kittens ranging in age from 8 or 9 weeks to under one year. Many of the cats are in foster placement in homes to increase their socialization through human interaction, and become used to a normal home setting. Some animals are housed at the PetSmart in Mohawk Commons.
Jess said that in honor of the 80th anniversary of APF this year, most of their dogs and adult cats over one year are available for an adoption fee of only $19.31, the year APF was founded. Kittens younger than one year are adoptable for $50. For further information, call APF at 518-374-3944. They are located at 53 Maple Avenue in Scotia.
HOPE spokesperson, Jeanette Sparks spoke lovingly of the three dogs they brought to the clinic. Two were labs and one was a beagle mix. They also had over a dozen adoptable kittens of all colors, many as young as 8 weeks. Two kittens, Popo and Beebee, 7 month old sisters, were the kittens of a feral mother who had recently been caught and spayed.
Sparks said HOPE helps support the “cat store” sponsored by the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, located in Clifton Park Center. Volunteer help is desperately needed to care for the animals so this outlet will not need to be closed.
Sparks stated that they are seeking veterinarians who are willing to donate their professional services one day a month to provide veterinary care for the cats.
HOPE offers low cost spay/neuter services, vaccines, and some veterinary services. They also work to Trap/Neuter/Release feral cats. HOPE is located at 4255 Route 50 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Their phone number is 518-248-0355.
Saratoga County Animal Shelter has a new facility now open at 6010 County Farm Road in Ballston Spa, NY. The phone number is 518-885-4113. Volunteer Amy Ault said the staff is a mix of veterinary professionals and a large majority of many dedicated volunteers.
Volunteer put in varying amounts of time as their personal schedules allow, and they are always looking for additional volunteer help. One can start with something as simple as walking dogs and go from there.
Ault said they had adopted out many of their dogs recently but just yesterday a new group arrived. She said the shelter has a very popular Senior to Senior dog adoption program. Saratoga County residents age 60 or older can adopt a senior dog, age 5 or older, for only $6, the cost of the dog license.
The shelter has about 50 cats, including 20 kittens, looking for homes. Their adoption fee is $78 and includes spay/neuter, lab tests, and vaccines.
They are currently developing a cat volunteer program and considering a senior to senior program similar to the one for dogs.
By noon, animals adopted included Tuttles, a beagle/basset hound mix, adopted by Walter and Theresa, and an orange kitten. A second orange kitten and a white kitten were in the process of adoption.