SUMMIT COUNTY – It was a red letter day for Andrew, the tabby. A resident of the Summit County Animal Shelter (SCAS) since February 11, the alert young cat hit the jackpot at Saturday’s Cat-a-thon, when he was adopted by Breckenridge resident Whitney Degerberg and her family.Andrew was on his best behavior as he was introduced to Degerberg’s dog, Merlyn. The meeting went off without a hitch: Merlyn wagged her tail and Andrew tolerated the Australian shepherd-mix canine. Degerberg was visibly pleased with the animal chemistry and the final decision was made to invite Andrew home.
“He’s so friendly and he gets along with dogs,” she said. The time was right for a new cat, Degerberg added. She and her family had been talking about adoption recently and Saturday’s event encouraged them to take the final step.A recent cat population explosion at SCAS prompted the special event. Same-day adoptions were available during the day-long Cat-a-thon, as were discounts for older cats.
“Springtime tends to be a time when people are moving into or out of the county,” adoption counselor Donna Taylor said. “We felt like we had a lot of cats.” More than 40 visitors and volunteers signed in to see the shelter’s residents Saturday and at least three cats and one dog were adopted. Several applications were also filed for other cats. Volunteer Terry DeCamp sat on the floor of the cat room with a sweet-tempered black and white female purring in his lap and described the virtues of each cat living at SCAS.
“They get a kind of jailhouse mentality here,” he said, when explaining how adopted cats usually blossom when they’re lucky enough to find a loving home. DeCamp said he was very sad to say good-bye to long-time shelter resident Peep, who went home with five-year-old Itzel Delgado.Many cats remain at SCAS available for adoption, some found as strays and some relinquished by their owners. Every cat has been spayed or neutered and all have been thoroughly checked by a veterinarian.
Saturday’s Cat-a-thon was the kick-off event for Be Kind to Animals Week, which will continue through next Saturday’s Dog-a-thon. About 15 dogs are currently at the shelter waiting for new homes. The Dog-a-thon will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 13 at SCAS near the County Commons. Volunteers will also have a few dogs at the Outlets at Silverthorne from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rabies vaccinations will also be provided by local veterinarian Roy Million for $10 at the Outlets during the same time period.Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13624, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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