Charlene Polacca, left, and Samantha Embry work with a litter of kittens at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday.
Charlene Polacca, left, and Samantha Embry work with a litter of kittens at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
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FARMINGTON — Farmington Animal Shelter will hold a special event this weekend to promote cat and kitten adoption.

The shelter has about 30 cats and kittens in need of adoption, said Samantha Embry, the shelter's volunteer coordinator.

"We've been trying to find an outlet to get them adopted, and we thought that lowering the price could work," Embry said.

Adoption costs including spay and neuter service will be lowered to $25 from May 10 to 12, she said. Those costs can run up to $70.

"We're going to try and have all the eligible cats spayed and neutered already so they're ready to walk out the door," she said.

The shelter will also vaccinate against upper respiratory infections and de-worm adoptable cats, Embry said. Rabies vaccines will need to be arranged separately.

Although the shelter will focus on adoption this weekend, the foster home program is also in need of applicants, she said.

Foster homes are used to house a variety of animals, from puppies and kittens that are too young to be spayed or neutered, to sick or injured animals that need to be kept in a comforting environment away from the shelter's general population, Embry said.

"We've received a large number of phone calls, and we now have 12 to 15 foster homes in use," she said. "We're about to get our first batch of kittens back. As far as fostering a puppy or a kitten, it doesn't take a lot of time."

Much of the work lies in cleaning and feeding, she said.

"Mainly its just important to get them into homes," Embry said.

Charlene Polacca, an animal care technician at the animal shelter shared her animal foster care experience as she sat in the shelter's break room bottle feeding a kitten.

"I've fostered a puppy but haven't done a kitten yet," Polacca said. "The hardest part is to give them up."

For more information on the shelter's adoption or foster care programs, call 505-599-1098. The shelter is located at 1395 S.
A pair of kittens ready for adoption at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday.
A pair of kittens ready for adoption at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
Lake St. in Farmington.

Greg Yee can be reached at gyee@daily-times.com; 505-564-4606. Follow him on Twitter @GYeeDT.


Animal Care Technician, Charlene Polacca feeds a kitten at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday.
Animal Care Technician, Charlene Polacca feeds a kitten at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)