For Immediate Release
June 3, 2015
Contact: Justine Lentz
Animal Services Superintendent
Community Resources Division
Fayetteville Animal Services in Urgent Need of Foster Homes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — City personnel found twenty-two cats and kittens dumped this morning at an empty subdivision off of Happy Hollow Road. There are three mother cats each with litters ranging in age from two weeks to four weeks old. Two kittens were already deceased by the time Animal Control Officer Lawrence Kimble and Programs Manager, Tony Rankin, arrived.
“These cats are friendly, so they clearly belong to someone,” stated Rankin. Anyone with information regarding the person(s) who illegally dumped the cats is encouraged to call Animal Services at 479-444-3556. Fayetteville Animal Services has been inundated with kittens over the last few weeks. In the last week alone, the shelter has taken in 40 cats and kittens aside from the 22 received today. “We offer low cost or even free spay/neuter services all year long and we encourage people to please take advantage of these services. There is no sense in having this happen,” Rankin continued. The litters taken in today will be on medical hold for at least five days. Most of them were very ill.
Fayetteville Animal Services currently has five other litters needing immediate foster care. The kittens are all eating on their own and only need another 2-3 weeks of fostering before they are ready for adoption. Animal Services can provide food and supplies, if needed. “We cannot save these lives without the help of our community,” Rankin said. If you can help foster, please contact Programs Administrator, Joni Mosher, at 479-444-3456 and press 0.
The requirements for fostering are the same as adopting and more information can be found here: http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/612/Foster-Care
The shelter also has kittens and adult cats currently available for adoption. The adoption fee is only $20 and covers the spay/neuter procedure, rabies vaccination, and a microchip. You can preview most of the available animals at this website: http://fayetteville.animalshelternet.com/
To learn about the more Spay/Neuter Program, please visit this page: http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/632/Spay-or-Neuter-Program.