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Adoption mania at Kitsap Humane Society’s Adopt-a-thon

The Kitsap Humane Society is currently home to about 70 adult dogs and more than 50 cats. Shelter officials hope that changes this weekend.

The Humane Society is hosting its annual Adopt-a-thon Friday through Sunday at the shelter on Northwest Dickey Road and Naturally 4 Paws on Silverdale Way in Ross Plaza. It is part of a nationwide program that takes place every year.

The Humane Society and shelters across the country will significantly reduce adoption fees and provide services to community members.

“Any opportunity to be able to have animals adopted out is an excellent opportunity,” said Dana Lerma, development manager of the Kitsap Humane Society. “This is a great opportunity for people to come in and think about the animals.”

Some adult dogs and cats will cost as low as $25. Standard adoption fees for adult dogs and cats are $80. The fees for puppies and kittens will not be reduced at Adopt-a-thon.

“You can’t even have a dog or cat spayed or neutered for that ($80) price,” Lerma said.

All dogs and cats are already spayed or neutered and have current vaccinations. Animals will receive a free health examination before going home to their new owners. Animals receive Advantage flea treatment and all cats are tested for feline AIDS and leukemia.

“That gives owners the assurance of knowing that the cats are free of feline AIDS and leukemia,” Lerma explained. “In an effort to avoid the spread of the disease, we test them.”

Naturally 4 Paws in Silverdale also will have shelter animals available for adoption at a reduced cost. A micro-chipping and vaccination clinic also is available for community members. Microchips cost $30 and vaccines are only $5.

The Kitsap County Canine Search and Rescue representatives will be at the Humane Society for the event. The representatives and dogs will do demonstrations on finding people.

Adopt-a-thon also will have guest speakers throughout the weekend. Diane Canafax, a certified pet dog trainer, will discuss training problems with dog owners, Uta Kramer, from Llama Rescue, will talk about llamas as pets and Cate Clark, a bird expert, will discuss birds as pets Saturday only.

A pet licensing booth and PetsWALK registration booth will be available for community members and there will be face painting for children.

Lerma hopes many dogs and cats find loving homes this weekend.

“It would be wonderful if they could all be adopted,” Lerma said. “That would be unbelievable.”

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