Older Cats Find Homes at Half the Cost

An Oregon humane society encourages cat lovers to adopt a senior pet by offering a discount.

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The Willamette Humane Society in Salem, Ore., is offering a discount to those who adopt a mature cat, according to the Statesman Journal, an Oregon newspaper.

We find mature animals to be ideal pets, said Sara Labberton, a spokesperson for the shelter. They usually work well because they are less excitable, and they make great companions.

Cats 7 years old or older can be adopted at about half off the standard adoption rate, Labberton told the newspaper. Senior cats cost $30 to adopt, while younger cats start at $65.

The adoption rate includes a wellness check-up at a local veterinary clinic, microchip identification, spay or neuter surgery, first vaccinations and deworming.

Labberton said that about 10 percent of the Humane Societys animal population is classified as mature.

Posted: March 17, 2006, 3 p.m. EST

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