Cats are everywhere at Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). There are lots of reasons for the super abundance there, but CACC wants them out alive! And you can help by fostering or adopting. And, if you want to adopt, CACC announced that adoption fees will be waived for the month of October!
Free cats and kittens! And there are many to choose from. Sounds great, but keep in mind that you must demonstrate that you can take care of any animal you adopt, dogs included. And, this Saturday only, dogs are also available with no adoption fee subsided by Bissell Pet Foundation.
If you are a renter, you must show proof (like a copy of your lease) that your landlord allows pets. All adopters must be at least 18 years old and must bring an ID and a piece of mail with his or her home address.
Remember: Just because adoption fees are waived doesn’t mean adopters won’t be asked questions that demonstrate their ability to care for a pet. Data from ASPCA shows that there is no link between waived adoption fees and the likelihood that adopted pets will be returned (or not).
Specifically, data published in Vol. 12, Issue 4 of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, (Emily Weiss, Shannon Green) indicates that:
- Attachment to cats adopted from the study facility was not decreased when fees were eliminated.
- Eliminating adoption fees does not devalue the animals in the eyes of adopters.
- Free programs could save thousands of shelter cats who would otherwise reside in a shelter for months or be euthanized.
I realize this data may fly in the face of what has been previously assumed. But science, for me, is more convincing than assumptions. I was privileged to be in the room when Dr. Emily Weiss presented this data for what might have been the first time several years ago. And this data has been replicated now various times formally and informally at the local level across the country.