I love all animals. I don’t care if they crawl, slither, pounce or fly, I love them all. I believe that each animal has an innate right to exist and we have a responsibility to accommodate it. Different animals need different things, of course, different environments, different foods and different places to exist. Don’t get me wrong. Just because I like animals doesn’t mean I’ll put up with vermin in my home. Cockroaches, spiders, fleas, they all belong outside and not in my living area. I think that is fair.
Of course some animals make better pets than others. Dogs are great, and so are cats. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a great place to find a pet, a cat or a dog, or even something more exotic. There are a lot of pets available. Many people who hit hard financial times have given up their pet for adoption. That makes the Humane Society of Tampa Bay very busy.
But if you’re like me, you might want to start from “scratch.” The Humane Society always has a selection of puppies and kittens that need furr-ever homes, and during the month of July, 2016, the normal adoption fee of $50 for a kitten is being waived. Pay only $5 for a kitten, today through the end of July.
So how does this work? Any animal you pick up, of course, needs to have special transportation in the form of a carrier, which can be a fancy carrier or a simple cardboard carrier. The Humane Society has carriers for sale, or you can bring an approved carrier with you. A good, re-usable approved carrier can be purchased at the Humane Society for $22 to $27, and a simple approved cardboard carrier can be bought for about $6.
Kittens, like all babies, require some special attention. They need a series of four vaccinations that must be spaced out over several weeks. The kitten you select, depending on its age, may already have one or more vaccinations. If not, it will be your responsibility to vaccinate your kitty when the time is right, at your expense, either at the Humane Society or at a location of your choice (the Humane Society is usually cheaper). The cost of the additional vaccinations is usually around $150 to $200 (depending on how many are required), so be prepared. To keep your kitten healthy, it is recommended you purchase at least the next dose of flea and heartworm prevention, which will cost around $16 or so. After you take your new little buddy home, watch out for respiratory infections, common in all cats. These “colds” will require some special attention — a visit to the vet — or they can turn worse.
If you think the additional charges sound like a lot, then consider what you are getting at no charge. The Humane Society makes sure your kitten (or cat, dog, etc.) is healthy. All kittens are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and given de-worming medication, as well as being put on flea prevention. This is a great value. Your new kitten will provide you with endless love in the form of head-butts, purring, and maybe, if you’re very lucky, the occasional delivery of a dead mouse or other unfortunate varmint to show you exactly how much your kitty cares about you.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay cares a great deal for their charges, and provides them to approved adopters only, so you will probably be asked some questions or to fill out a form, so don’t feel like you are being singled out. They take care of a large number of animals with no government assistance, so don’t be surprised if you’re asked for a donation to help keep this valuable non-profit organization afloat. If you have extra paper towels, pet foods, cleaning materials and that sort of thing, you might consider dropping them off at your local Humane Society or animal shelter where they will be appreciated.
Is it time for you to adopt a kitten? If so, July is the time to do it. If you have any questions about the adoption process, please contact the Humane Society of Tampa Bay directly.
3607 N Armenia Ave