NUVAS waives cat adoption fees through the end of July | News, Sports, Jobs


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Heather, a cat available for adoption at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Lindon, is shown on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

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One of the many kittens available for adoption at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Lindon on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

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Claudia Greco, a cat available for adoption at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Lindon, eats kibble on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

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Heather, a cat available for adoption at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Lindon, is shown on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

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Two of the many kittens available for adoption play at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Lindon on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

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Those searching for a new furry friend are in luck, the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter has waivered all cat adoption fees for the month of July.

NUVAS is responsible for housing stray animals between Orem and Saratoga Springs. With such a large service area, the shelter can quickly become overwhelmed, especially during the summer months.

“Right now we’re just overrun with cats,” said Jamie Golding, assistant director at NUVAS. “More kittens are being born in the summer, so we have a ton of them coming in.”

The shelter is currently home to 159 cats and kittens, 100 of which are available for adoption. The 59 cats not currently up for adoption will likely become available if they remain unclaimed and pass the shelter’s temperament test.

According to Golding, NUVAS has not had to euthanize animals due to lack of space in years. However, this is a possibility if more animals continue to come in than are adopted out.

“We figure with doing the free cats for the month of July, hopefully, that will help get some cats into homes and whatnot,” she said.

With inflation rising 9.1% nationwide last month, many have felt the sting of the increased cost of goods and services. Golding hopes that by waiving the cat adoption fee this month, those who may not have previously been able to cover the cost of adoption will be able to afford new pets.

“We also know that the economy is not the best now, and people do want a companion animal,” she said. “So we thought we would do free cats to help somebody who might want a companion animal.”

Lauren Monson came to NUVAS looking to adopt a cat after she saw a post online about the adoption fee waiver. Monson stated she would prefer to adopt a cat from the shelter, rather than a pet store, because the cats at NUVAS come up-to-date on their vaccinations, and with a voucher for spaying or neutering services.

“It’s really nice to know that I have a reliable place to come back,” Monson said.

For those who are unable to adopt, but would still like to support NUVAS, the shelter accepts both monetary and food donations — and is particularly in need of wet cat food.

“They can help us spread the word,” Golding said. “Tell friends, family and neighbors who are in the spot to get a cat so that we can get these guys out of here.”

To view pets currently available for adoption, people can visit https://northutahvalleyanimalshelter.org/adoptable-pets/.

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