In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat month, Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association in Ledgewood, NJ, hopes to find forever homes for 40 cats in 30 days this June.
“With the economy the way it is, many shelters are experiencing a decline in adoptions, donations and participation in special events,” says Lauren Swern, the developmental director at Noah’s Ark. “We are hoping that by making vaccinated, microchipped and S/N pets available at a reduced rate, folks looking for a new feline friend would be encouraged to come here, rather than adopt an unaltered and unvaccinated pet from a neighbor or newspaper advertisement. This also helps promote the value of our adult cats who have many years of love left in them and need homes too.”
As of June 20th, the shelter had adopted 12 cats and kittens—among them Rooster, an 8 year old with diabetes who had been at Noah’s Ark since November. Despite Rooster’s great personality, his age and health issues worked against him. He was lucky enough to find an owner experienced with diabetic cats.
This month, cats aged 6 months to 5 years cost $100, and cats 5 years or older cost $50. Included in this rate are an adoption kit, microchipping, carrier, spay or neuter, de-worming, Frontline, and vaccinations.
Since 1966, Noah’s Ark has been dedicated to caring for animals in northern New Jersey. As a private organization, they follow a “no-kill” policy—not euthanizing due to age, breed, lack of space, or modifiable behavioral issues. The organization is committed to matching owners with pets that fit their lifestyle and personality. Dozens of cats and kittens of all ages are still awaiting their perfect home at Noah’s Ark Welfare Association. Below are some of their photos. –Valerie Lute