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‘Ruffed’ up by finals week?

Animals from a local adoption shelter came to NCC’s Bethlehem campus Wednesday morning to help students relieve some stress before finals week.

The “Adopt-Don’t-Shop” event was held in the Student Life Zone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of The Center for Animal Health and Welfare encouraged students and staff to go out and adopt, and to introduce some of the animals from the Center.

The Center provides a safe and healthy environment for animals while they wait to find a permanent home. They also provide adoption services, owner relinquishments, lost and found, low cost veterinary clinic, pet care education, no cost adoptions for veterans, and senior citizen discount on adoption fees.

Fees for adopting vary based on the age, size, and breed of the animal. The pricing is $25 to $125 for cats, $75 to $300 for dogs.

Applicants must be 18 years or older to adopt. Adopters over the age of 55 receive a 10 percent discount on adoption fees. Veterans with a valid military ID receive one waived adoption fee per year.

Stray animals are held for 72 hours before releasing for adoption in order to give the owner time to find and claim their animals.

All animals are micro-chipped, spray/neutered, and receive rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccinations, as well as flea treatment before leaving the Center.

The Center is a non-kill shelter that accepts animals based on space, individual behavior of the animal and after a basic medical exam.

Their mission is to provide shelter, healthcare and adoption services to stray, mistreated, and abandoned animals. Hundreds of animals are housed at the Center for months or years at a time.

The Center for Animal Health and Welfare works to create a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all the animals.

Donating, volunteering, fostering, and of course adopting are all ways to help.

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