The county's animal shelters are overcrowded with animals desperate to find a "forever home" so, starting Thursday, adoption fees are just $25 per pet.
Dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and rabbits are available for adoption at the Santa Cruz County Animal Services facilities in both Live Oak and Watsonville.
The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip (including registration), age appropriate vaccinations, Felv/FIV testing (for cats), license (for dogs), routine treatment for fleas/worms, and a free pet wellness exam with local participating veterinarians.
The adoption fee will be $25 for the entire month of September.
The shelters also are asking the community to “pay it forward” to their community’s neediest animals by also donating at least $25 to one of the following funds:
- Planned Pethood Fund, which funds free spay/neuter surgeries
- Extra Mile Fund, which allows rehabilitation for animals beyond what our shelter budget permits
- General Donation Fund, which supports animal adoption, animal enrichment and public outreach and education programs