Adult cats, hard-to-place dogs focus of Bangor Humane Society initiatives

Stacey Coventry, spokeswoman for the Bangor Humane Society, holds Pete, one of 250 cats being cared for at the shelter and in foster homes, on Thursday. Earlier this week, more than 50 felines were surrendered to the Humane Society in less than 48 hours.
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Stacey Coventry, spokeswoman for the Bangor Humane Society, holds Pete, one of 250 cats being cared for at the shelter and in foster homes, on Thursday. Earlier this week, more than 50 felines were surrendered to the Humane Society in less than 48 hours.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 9:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Finding homes for adult cats and difficult-to-place dogs — namely pit bulls and pit bull mixes — is at the heart of two initiatives of the Bangor Humane Society, one of them under way now and the other set for next week.

The campaign to find homes for cats 6 months and older is a continuation of the successful “name your adoption fee” special the society conducted last month at its shelter, located at 693 Mount Hope Ave. shelter, Stacey Coventry, volunteer and public relations manager, said Monday.

The minimum fee for adopting a cat is $10, which Coventry notes is a bargain compared to the usual cost of $100 to adopt a kitten because the cats are up-to-date on vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered, a procedure that costs hundreds of dollars in most area veterinarian offices.

Though the society is taking a loss on the deal, some of the money not paid in adoption fees has been offset by donations from others, including people who are not adopting cats but who heard about the effort and dropped by simply to make a donation, she said.

As it stands, the society had more than 200 adult cats in need of homes, 75 of which are currently staying with foster families, she said. The cat campaign will continue until the shelter’s inventory of adoptable cats has reached a more manageable level.

A weeklong campaign aimed at finding homes for pit bills and pit bull mixes begins Saturday, Sept. 17, and runs through the following weekend, Coventry said.

Those who adopt at pit bull will receive bags containing $40 worth of free goods and services, including a leash, a collar, an ID tag that can be engraved on the spot and a microchip, Coventry said.

Though some have avoided adopting pit bulls and pit bull mixes because of the bad publicity some of the dogs have received, Coventry said that in addition to physical examinations,all dogs undergo a behavior evaluation to determine if they are suited for adoption and if so, in what kinds of settings.

The dogs also are spayed and vaccinated, if needed, before being put up for adoption, she said.

For information, visit the Bangor Human Society’s website at www.bangorhumane.org or its Facebook page. For information about pets available for adoption in Bangor and other locations, visit Pet Finder at www.petfinder.com.

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