2017-10-20 / Community / JT Beacon

Grant assists those adopting senior cats at AWS

WEST KENNEBUNK — Through a generous grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the Animal Welfare Society is able to offer post-adoption support to the adopters of senior cats, ages 8 and older.

While funds last, adopters of senior cats are eligible for up to $100 in qualified, non-routine veterinary care. Qualified care can include dental cleaning, surgery or certain prescription medications.

"Every day we care for a varied population of animals awaiting adoption, and they come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and conditions," said Bobbi Adkins, AWS Shelter Manager. "There is an expectation that young pets are generally healthy and will likely remain that way for the long haul. As pets reach their senior years, it is a fair bet that they’ll need some additional veterinary support somewhere along the way."

Adkins said that realizing this possibility, adopters may be hesitant to welcome a senior cat into their home.

"Thanks to the DDAF, we are able to offer post-adoption support for this specific need, providing some reassurance to would-be adopters who’d like to take a deserving senior cat home and are unsure about what potential veterinary care may lie ahead," she said.

In addition to this generous grant support, AWS has waived adoption fees on senior cats through the month of October.

To learn more about the senior cats available for adoption, visit animalwelfaresociety.org or stop by the AWS Adoption Center at 46 Holland Road in West Kennebunk. The Adoption Center is open daily, except for Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Charity founded in 1978 as the Doris Day Pet Foundation by legendary performer, Doris Day, with a straightforward mission that continues to this day to help animals and the people who love them. As a grant-giving charity, DDAF funds other 501(c)(3) organizations across the United States that directly care for and protect animals.

The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness.

The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty and neglect to all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets.

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