The Cleveland Animal Protective League is celebrating New Friends, Old Friends and encouraging people to bring a new friend into their lives by adopting. During the week-long celebration, from Sunday, May 16th through Saturday, May 22nd, adoption fees for all kittens under 5 months will be reduced to $45 and all cats 5 months and older will be reduced to $20. Regular kitten adoption fees are $95 and cat adoption fees are $45. And, so that we can keep old friends together, any second kitten or cat adoption will be only $10. Here are some top reasons why the friendship of a pet is as good as, or better, than human friendship:
- Pets can improve your mood. It’s virtually impossible to stay in a bad mood when a pair of loving puppy eyes meets yours, or when a super-soft cat rubs up against your hand. Research supports the mood-enhancing benefits of pets.
- Pet control blood pressure better than drugs. A group of hypertensive New York stockbrokers who got dogs or cats were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t get pets.
- Pets provide unconditional love. Pets can be there for you in ways that people can’t. They can offer love and companionship, and can also enjoy comfortable silences, keep secrets and are excellent snugglers. And they could be the best cure for loneliness.
- Pets Can Reduce Stress. While we all know the power of talking about your problems with a good friend who’s also a good listener, recent research shows that spending time with a pet may be even better! Pets don’t judge us; they just love us.*
“Many people don’t realize the benefits of the companionship and friendship that comes as a result of bringing a new pet into their lives,” said Sharon Harvey, Executive Director of the Cleveland APL. “Having a pet can help you be healthier; help you to relax, and remind you of what really matters. Pets can boost our energy levels and our overall sense of well-being. And best of all, you’ll be making a difference that really matters. Quite frankly, especially with this promotion, you can’t afford not to bring a new friend—or two—home today!”
All dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed-neutered, tested for heartworm or FeLV/FIV, have received age appropriate vaccinations and treatment of worms and fleas, and come with helpful species-specific animal care information, a free initial veterinary exam, and are eligible for 30 days of free Sheltercare pet insurance. Cats/kittens come with a travel box, and dogs/puppy adoptions include a collar, id tag, and leash.