Oyster Bay will waive cat and dog adoption fees next month to encourage pet lovers to find homes for a growing population of kittens at its animal shelter. For the fifth September in a row the town will drop the $80 fees for dogs and $84 fees for cats it usually charges.
Oyster Bay spokeswoman Marta Kane said that every year a lot of kittens are born in the spring that later end up at the shelter.
“We get a very large influx of kittens by the end of the summer,” Kane said.
Currently they have about 80 to 90 cats — about 15 to 20 more than they have capacity for — and 24 dogs. The shelter has 48 to 50 dog cages, she said.
“Our extra dog cages are being used by kittens because we have an overcapacity of cats,” she said. “We bring out the bigger cages into the lobby put a cat hammock in and put two or three kittens in there.”
While the adoption fee is waived, new pet owners will still have to pay a $10 spay and neuter license fee, which is reduced to $5 for seniors. The animals will receive free rabies shots and microchips that can identify them if they are lost. Current pet owners who want to get their cats, dogs and ferrets vaccinated for rabies can bring them in on Sept. 21 for free shots.
More information is available from the animal shelter at 516-677-5784, or on the town’s website, oysterbaytown.com.