COLUMBIA — To help place a record number of cats at the Central Missouri Humane Society, an adoption fee of $20.14 is in effect during January.
The price reflects the number of the new year.
The shelter is now at full capacity with 100 cats — the 42 cat cages are full and 30 cats have been sent to foster care, Executive Director Mary Pat Boatfield said.
The Humane Society devised Ring in the New Year to cull the population by dropping the adoption price for all cats 6 months and older. The usual adoption rate is $75 for older cats and $100 for kittens.
The fee includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. Each adoption comes with a free first visit to a local veterinarian and a bag of food. The cats are litter-box trained and socialized, Boatfield said.
“If you’re looking for cats, we’ve got every type and color,” she said.
Ashley Crocker has been in charge of cats for two years at the shelter. She said her goal this month is to have empty cages.
“The cats we have here are really great,” she said. “There’s not one that I wouldn’t have in my home.”
In the last 12 months, 882 cats have been adopted from the Humane Society.
Crocker said 500 more cats were taken in during 2013, compared to the previous year. Most were adults, and the larger population can lead to health problems.
“Seeing them all find homes is the greatest reward,” she said. “It’s why we are here every day.”