Cat deaths prompt cost reduction

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Cats will be cheaper to adopt and spay through the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society after a price reduction meant to curb its high feline euthanasia rate.
Starting today, cats and kittens can go home for $45 instead of the typical $65.
The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter procedure, first round of shots, microchipping and up to 45 days of Shelter Care Insurance.
TLHS’s low-cost spay and neuter clinic also dropped its feline fees, charging $25 to spay a cat instead of the usual $40.
Shelter officials hope the lower prices boost cat adoptions from the North Gloster Street facility, as well as encourage current cat owners to spay their pets.
“If we can get more people to spay their cats, we won’t have as many kittens come into the shelter,” said Director Debbie Hood. “That’s a big part of the problem.”
It’s also hard to compete with people giving away kittens for free through the want ads, which might explain the shelter’s low cat adoption rate.
Although the shelter increased its overall adoption rate last year, most of the gains came from canine adoptions. People don’t take home as many cats, forcing the humane society to euthanize felines to make room for the constant steam of cats coming in.
The shelter averages 220 cat drop-offs per month versus 40 cat adoptions.
Those statistics prompted TLHS board members to make the cost-cutting decision at their meeting in January, said ex-officio member Nicole McLaughlin.
Cats at the shelter include infant kittens to adult cats and come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are abandoned as newborns, others are dropped off when owners can no longer afford to care for them.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.