The SPCA Serving Erie County is, through July 13, running an adoption special in honor of the Independence Day holiday on Friday.

All this week and next, those seeking to adopt a cat or dog that is at least 5 months old, or any other animal of any age, will be charged only $17.76. The usual adoption fee can range from $85 to more than $200, depending upon the animal, according to SPCA spokeswoman Gina Browning. A standard $30 administration fee will still be required, in addition to the $17.76 adoption special fee, Browning said.

Animals adopted through the SPCA are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and administered flea control. Adopted cats receive feline leukemia tests, and all adopted animals receive a free physical examination by a local Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society veterinarian, as well as 30 days worth of free veterinary insurance.

Animals can be adopted from any SPCA location, except for the McKinley Mall site. For a list of adoption locations, as well as photographs of animals up for adoption, visit the SPCA website at