It’s raining cats and.… more cats!
Posted November 28, 2012 at 5:15 am by Tim Dustrude
Cat and Kitten Adoption Special Now!
If you’ve stopped by the animal shelter in the last few weeks you’ve probably noticed something….lots and lots of cats. Cats in the lobby, cats in the hallway and cats in the isolation areas…even cats in the restroom. So, for a limited time only, the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter is offering a cat and kitten adoption special. From now until December 20, pending approval, the adoption fee for cats and kittens is only $20.
Although it’s not unusual to see a lot of wonderful cats at the shelter, it is unusual to have so many cats there at one time.
Shelter Manager, Leslie Byron says, “Cat adoptions tend to slow down a bit during the winter months, and this year in addition to the decrease in adoptions we are seeing a much larger number of cats and kittens being relinquished to the shelter.”
Many of the cats recently brought to the shelter were strays brought in by concerned islanders and some have come to the shelter because their owners could no longer care for them. In the last two months three pregnant cats arrived at the shelter, resulting in over one dozen kittens also needing homes.
Many of the cats at the shelter have been there for over two years waiting for a home to call their own. Shelter employee, Rina Tappan says, “often the nicest cats here are the ones who continue to be overlooked.” Black cats, in particular are slow to be adopted. Nationwide, studies show that black cats have the lowest adoption rates as well as the highest euthanization rates. Whether because of superstition, prejudice, or simply because they blend into the shadows, black cats are statistically less likely to be adopted than more brightly colored felines. “Most of the black cats we have seen here have the most wonderful, and loving personalities”, says Tappan.
Stop by the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor at 111 Shelter Road to meet some of the many adoptable cats there or visit their website, www.apsfh.org for more information.
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