3:47 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
This might be the month you have been waiting for to adopt an animal and bring home a four-legged friend.
Now, you can do it while saving some money.
The Foundation Against Companion-animal Euthanasia (FACE) is a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Since 1999, they have nutered more than 145,000 cats, which has lowered the number of animals euthanized from 22,000 to 8,000.
Even with that success, Executive Director Ellen Robinson said the number of euthanized animals is still high.
“The numbers are really astounding,” said Robinson. “Both the number of cats who are at shelters, the number who get killed every year and just the sheer number of cats living on the streets.”
To get some of those cats off the street, June is "Adopt a Shelter Cat" month nationwide.
The $75 adoption fee at FACE, which is located at 1505 Massachusetts Avenue, really stretches your dollar. It includes all the shots, spay or neuter services, disease testing and a microchip. Also, people with certain area codes listed on FACE's website, get the services FREE if they are feeding outdoor cats.
The shelter at FACE is elaborate, both indoors and out.
“Cats love to be outside and some of them are with us for a long time,” said Lisa Tudor, director of development and outreach at FACE. “And it's a great way for them to acclimate and just get out and exercise and for us to learn their personalities too, so we can make a good match when we adopt them out.”
You can also be a foster family, caring for kittens and puppies for that matter until they can be adopted. Unlike an animal shelter, FACE does not actively take in animals from the general public. Instead, their team members bring in stray cats living in dangerous environments or provide for the cats that are found abandoned, animals that need a home.
If you are interested in adopting from FACE, you will need to fill out an application, schedule a clinic visit and then it’s followed by an at-home visit.
Click here for more information.