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Free spay and neuter services for all cat adoptions


Chocolate and candy can make you fat, celebrate this Valentine’s Day by saying “I love you.” with a cat! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, The Kent County Health Department is offering free spay and neuter services for all cat adoptions, for one week only. This offer, valued at up to $70, is free.
This program is a partnership between Vicky’s Pet Connection (VPC) and the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS). VPC and KCAS have been teaming up, providing services to help find homes for adoptable pets since 2000. Vicky’s Pet Connection is a non-profit animal rescue group, established in 1998, that has agreed to pay the spay/neuter fee on all adopted cats. Typically, male cat neutering fee is $55 and a female cat spay fee is $70; however for this coming week, it will be free. This ultimately lowers the adoption price to only $50, which covers a feline leukemia/FIV test, RCPC vaccination and a microchip ID implant.
“We are proud of our community partnership with Vicky’s Pet Connection and this program is a great initiative to help our homeless cats find loving homes,” said Cathy Raevsky, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent Count Health Department. “Most important, spaying and neutering your cat is part of responsible pet ownership, and it helps cats live longer and healthier lives.”
The free spay and neuter services for cat adoptions runs from Monday, February 14th through Saturday, February 19th. The event will take place at the Kent County Animal Shelter, located at 740 Fuller Ave., NE. Adoption hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
To search adoptable cats at the Kent County Animal Shelter please visit Petfinder.com. For more information about Vicky’s Pet Connection, please visit: www.vickyspetconnection.org. or the Critter Cottage at 7205 Thornapple River

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Dog Licensing Season


‘Tis the season—to license your pet! Dog licensing season has started and goes until March 1, 2011. Over the next few months, dog owners may stop by the Kent County Animal Shelter or city or township office to renew the license, or renew licenses online at www.accesskent.com/services with no additional transaction fees.
Licensing fees range from $11 to $24 depending on spay or neuter status of the animal with additional discounts for senior citizen pet owners. After March 1, fees double. A dog license is a very important way that dog owners can demonstrate responsible pet ownership. A licensed pet means that the dog has an up-to-date rabies vaccination and ensures that, if found running loose, the dog can be returned to its owner quickly and with minimal cost and hassle.
“Michigan law requires all dogs over four months of age to be licensed. What people don’t always realize is that failure to get a license each year can result in steep fines,” said Cathy Raevsky, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Most important, licensing your dog is part of responsible pet ownership, and it protects the health and safety of people and animals in our community.”
The Kent County Animal Shelter, located at 740 Fuller Ave., NE, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  Pet owners who already have a dog licensed in Kent County will receive a postcard denoting their fee and requirements, and may renew their license online or by mail.

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