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Adopt a Pet: Ben and Jerry!

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 9:22 AM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - In our Adopt a Pet segment this week (November 20th, 2020), we’re highlighting Ben and Jerry at River Cities Humane Society for Cats. They’re a bonded pair and about a year old.

“They’ve been neutered up to date on shots, de-wormed, de-fleaed, microchipped, and tested for any feline diseases,” says Brooke Wells, Shelter Director. “So they are super healthy playful boys, they are precious. […] They’re really laid back, as far as they’ll let you pick them up, rub their belly, they would do really great with children.”

Right now, the shelter has a Home for the Holidays promotion where you can adopt one cat for $75 and you’ll get the second cat for $25.

“They sleep together, they play together, and when you have a bonded pair you want to keep them together. How could you split this up?” says Wells.

And as the only no-kill cat shelter in the region, River Cities is constantly working to take in as many cats as they can.

“There are always cats and kittens that need our help, and we’re only able to help more cats and kittens if these cats and kittens that we have get adopted, so it makes room for more kitties,” explains Wells. “We have lots of people waiting anxiously to find homes for cats or kittens they’ve rescued, or maybe just have a situation where they’re not able to care for them anymore, so adoptions are crucial right now.”

And if you can’t adopt, but want to help out, fostering is an option. They’re always in need of foster parents to help socialize young kittens before they get adopted. You can call the shelter at (318) 343-3031, message them on Facebook, or send them an email at info@rivercitiescats.org.

“We really have a capacity of 50 in the shelter and that is everyone is the happiest and the healthiest,” says Wells. “Right now, we’ve got about 70 in the shelter […] people say well you have more room, you can put this one here or this one there, for the safety and well-being of the cats that are in the shelter 50 is a safe number. Once you have too many, illness can happen, stress lowers the immune system cats get sick and then we can’t adopt out cats because they’re sick so if we keep it at a healthy number we have more adoptions because we have healthier happier cats.”

Adoptions are by appointment only due to COVID-19, so they ask that you fill out a pre-adoption application on their website and then give them a call or send a message through Facebook or Email to set up an appointment.

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