Published: Aug 31, 2010 4:44 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 31, 2010 1:44 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) kicks off a month long adoption promotion beginning September 1st. The Back to School Pet Adoption Special, offers adopters a $25 discount off the regular adoption fee when they donate 10 lbs. of unopened cat food to help re-stock the agency's Community Pet Pantry.

LCDAS hopes the promotion will solve two problems the shelter is currently experiencing, a critically low supply of cat food and a lack of good homes for adoptable pets. The Pantry currently feeds more than 1,000 dogs and cats every month whose owners are receiving public assistance and cannot afford pet food and supplies. Cat food is typically not donated as often as dog food so supplies deplete more quickly.

The discounted fee will still include spay or neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, rabies and county license (for pets 3 months and older), heartworm test (for dogs 6 months and older), feline aids and leukemia test (for cats), flea treatment, worming, microchip ID, 10 day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The entire adoption package is valued at $500. Regular adoption fees range from $25 for pets six years and older to $95 for puppies.

For more information about the Back To School Adoption Special or the Community Pet Pantry, call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit http://www.LeeLostPets.com. Also visit the website to view a current list of pets for adoption and lost pets. The website updates hourly!