Utica, NY (WIBX) - All this week, due to overcrowding, the Stevens-Swan Humane Society is lowering the adoption fee for all dogs and cats. The non-profit group is cutting adoption fees for dogs by $25, and $20 for cats.

Spokesperson Jerry Kraus says the shelter currently houses dogs and cats of all ages and breeds, and is encouraging the public to visit them at 5664 Horatio Street in North Utica, to take home a four-legged friend. "It all boils down to an issue about spaying and neutering. Without pets being spayed and neutered, there's unwanted litters of cats and dogs that eventually end up at area humane societies like ours. All the local humane societies are full--it's happening across the country, so it's an issue were people really need to be real vigilant about getting pets spayed and neutered," he said. Kraus says the SSHS offers an income qualified program for cat owners as well.

Included with the special 3-day adoption promotion are:

  • The spay/neuter procedure
  • Feline Leukemia/ AIDS/ Heartworm testing (cats)
  • First vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Topical flea treatment
  • A 5lb. bag of Science Diet food
  • Cardboard carrier (cat)

Hours of operation are:

  • Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 11:00 a. m - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society is closed on Mondays. More information can be found by contacting the shelter at (315) 738-4357.