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Lexus picking up adoption fee tab at EHS this weekend

Come to the Edmonton Humane Society’s shelter this weekend to drive away with a purr-fect pre-owned beauty that can last for nine lives.

Come to the Edmonton Humane Society’s shelter this weekend to drive away with a purr-fect pre-owned beauty that can last for nine lives.

And it comes at a rock-bottom price.

Thanks to a partnership with a city car dealership, the society is offering up 125 adult cats that can be adopted without paying any fees — no payments, no money down and zero per cent financing this weekend only.

Lexus of Edmonton has offered to sponsor adoption fees for the weekend and the society is encouraging others to sponsor adult cat adoptions through its website, or at the shelter.

Those waived fees include what the society calls a “131-point inspection.” That involves spaying and neutering, vaccinations, medical examinations and general grooming.

It’s an unusual move to curb a growing dilemma at the shelter as it deals with a large number of homeless cats, said society spokeswoman Shawna Randolph.

Randolph said the shelter currently cares for roughly 600 animals and two-thirds of the animals are cats or kittens.

“Our adoption numbers are steadily increasing, but the number of animals that are being admitted to us are steadily increasing,” she said.

“It’s hard to keep up when you keep on having more and more animals come through the doors.”

Randolph said the dealership stepped forward after the society got the idea from a pet shelter in Michigan.

It was a shelter that was dealing with a similar problem — an extremely large number of cats.

“We hope this will turn into a long-term relationship with Lexus of Edmonton,” Randolph said.

Those looking to adopt a cat this weekend should expect to be at the shelter for three to four hours for interviews and one-on-one time with the animals.

 
 
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