Metro Animal Care and Control Feline Frenzy Finds Forever Homes for 60 Adult Cats
(Nashville, Tennessee – October 2013) Metro Animal Care and Control’s (MACC) inaugural Feline Frenzy “$5 cat” promotion ended yesterday and by all accounts was a tremendous success, with 60 adult cats adopted during the three-month promotion. The adult cat discount helped increase overall adoptions at MACC by 57 percent.
“So many adult cats have found loving forever homes through this special discount,” said Dr. Brent Hager, Director of the Environmental Health Services Bureau. “We are more than pleased with this promotion and plan to bring it back again next year.”
Dr. Hager said the spring and summer months are typically when the shelter sees its greatest influx of adult cats and kittens available for adoption. “Many people visiting the shelter are more likely to take home a cute kitten and overlook our adult cats,” he said.
In an effort to find good homes for an overwhelming number of adult cats, MACC officials requested and the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville/Davidson County approved a temporary reduction in the adoption fee for adult cats (1 year or older) from $60 to $5. The $5 adoption fee included the cost of spay/neuter and rabies vaccination.
The discount was just one of many changes MACC has made over the past six months to improve adoption rates. Those include using Pet Finder to increase promotion of animals available for adoption, establishing formal partnerships and discounted adoptions for certified partners, and lowering the adoption fee for adult dogs during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month in October. MACC implemented a new policy in June offering puppies (less than 6 months old) for adoption based on temperament, behavior and health rather than breed. MACC staff participated in the American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) SAFER certification training in August. Once staff members are certified, MACC will begin offering adult dogs for adoption based on temperament, behavior and health rather than breed. MACC also is taking steps to strengthening the community volunteer program.
Metro Animal Care and Control is committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services to the residents of Davidson County. MACC’s goals are to build partnerships within the community to promote responsible pet ownership, decrease the overpopulation of domestic pets through spay/neuter programs, and to place adoptable animals in loving homes.