Adopt a Pet: Chiquita
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - In our Adopt a Pet segment we’re meeting Chiquita at River Cities Humane Society for Cats. “She is beautiful. She’s kind of a mix between a tortoise shell and a Tabby. So we call it a torti-co,” says Brooke Wells, the Shelter Director. “She’s very curious, very playful. She is about four months old.”
Her siblings are also available for adoption too, but they don’t have to be adopted together.
“They can definitely go separate, pairs are always encouraged, especially if you don’t have other pets. They keep each other company and they do really miss each other when you separate them,” explains Wells. And we’re about to get into kitten season this spring.
“Kitten season is upon us, and it seems like it hits us all at one time. Mother cats are pregnant right now and they’ll be having kittens soon,” says Wells. “Sometimes the mother cats get estranged from their kittens, which makes them orphan kittens that, you know, individuals who maybe find them are not equipped to take care of them, so they bring them into the shelter. And we’re able to place them in a temporary foster home where that foster takes care of them raises them, socializes them, makes sure they’re healthy. And then when they’re of age to be adopted, the foster will bring them into the shelter for us to find forever homes.”
Fostering makes a huge difference and if you can’t adopt, this could be a way to help out the shelter. If you’d like to help foster, you can fill out an application here. You can message the shelter on Facebook or call them at (318) 343-3031 if you have any questions.
Between March 16th - 20th, they have an adoption special for St. Patrick’s Day. They’re giving $17 off the adoption fee of $75, so it’s $58 for your new family member. “That includes shots de-worming, de-fleaing, testing for any feline diseases, microchipping, and a spay or neuter. So, $58, and you’re getting over $300 value for cat,” says Wells. River Cities is the only no-kill cat shelter in NELA, so donations are what keeps them going. Even donations of old towels, blankets, sheets, or bedding can be used by the shelter.
“So you know, maybe you’re not able to foster a cat in your home, you don’t have time, you can donate supplies that we then use for our foster cats, like baby food, kitten food, cat litter, cleaning supplies, bottles, kitten milk, it’s just a lot of money to take care of orphan kittens […] and then every week we’ll post on our Facebook page our most needed donations,” says Wells.
The shelter is doing adoptions by appointment only, and they ask that you fill out a pre-adoption application on their website and then call or Facebook message them to set up an appointment. They are open between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and they’re located at 5302 DeSiard Street in Monroe.
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