Cat adoption special this Saturday
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By Mickey Zeldes  November 5, 2009 06:33 pm

There’s a CATastrophe flooding not just our streets, but also all of the shelters in Sonoma County. Litters of kittens and adult cats are pouring in (as hard as rain) and relief is needed. A meeting of all of the shelter managers last week prompted the decision to hold a special event to find new moms and dads for the hundreds of cats and kittens who are homeless.
So, for one very special day on Nov. 7, all seven shelters from Petaluma to Healdsburg will be offering $30 adoption fees for any cat or kitten to help alleviate the shelter overpopulation problem.
It’s unbelievable how full all the shelters are right now, and all our foster homes are full, too. That means cats and kittens are stuck in foster or in cages in the back area waiting for space to open up in the adoption rooms before they can even be available for public view.
Stockpiling kittens while they grow up is not what we want to see happen. They all deserve a permanent, loving home and the sooner the better.
Certainly the economy must be playing a part in the influx of cats and kittens this year - all the shelters are noticing an increase in owner-surrendered animals. In today’s environment, there are jobs on the move and people on the move, but the one thing not moving with them are the cats. They’ve become disposable to some people, and it’s sad to see them being left behind. The shelters are their only safety net, until new homes can be found.
That’s the story of Motown and Popper. Beautiful, loving 9-year-old brothers that were happily living with their mom when things fell apart in her life and she had to move suddenly to a place that didn’t allow pets. Motown and Popperw came to the shelter and have been waiting patiently since July for someone who would look past the cute kittens to see their shining personalities and has room to take both cats home. We don’t want to break their hearts further by separating them - they’ve been through enough already.
The shelter is full of healthy, wonderful cats and kittens that are here through no fault of their own. All animals have been vet checked, vaccinated, wormed, leukemia tested, spayed or neutered and microchipped. That’s quite a deal at our regular low adoption fee of $95 but for this one day only, you will get all this (plus a purring ball of fur) for just $30.
If you are not in a position to take on the responsibility of another animal right now consider a donation of $30 to sponsor a shelter cat (monthly sponsorships are also available).
Help make room at the shelter by taking advantage of this one-day special event to add a new feline to your family. The Rohnert Park Animal Shelter will be open 1-5:30 p.m. for this Cat-athon Adoption Special.

Upcoming Events: “Meet the Bunny”, second Saturday of each month (Nov. 14), 1-5:30 p.m. Meet adoptable rabbits, have your care questions answered by knowledgeable volunteers and bring your rabbit for a free nail trim. Hay and bunny toys for sale to support our rabbit program.

Mickey Zeldes is the Supervisor of the RP Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at mzeldes@rpcity.org.

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