Thursday, August 13, 2009

FREE CATS! Adopt a Cat for Free at the Virginia Beach SPCA on Saturday, August 15th

We got our little guy, Louie, from the VBSPCA 2 years ago. He was 3 years old when we got him and we can't imagine life without him as part of the family now! If you have room in your heart and home for a cat this Saturday is the day to adopt!

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The Virginia Beach SPCA still has too many cats that need forever homes. In response to unusually high feline intake numbers and lower adoptions, the Virginia Beach SPCA is launching a one day only promotion to find permanent homes for cats as quickly as possible.

“Cats are coming into the shelter faster than they are being adopted, so we had to do something we haven’t done before,” said Sharon Adams, Executive Director. On Saturday, August 15th from 10am until 5pm, the VBSPCA will offer the “Free Over Three” promotion, which waives adoption fees on altered cats over three years of age. We hope that “Free Over Three” will encourage individuals who have been considering adding a new cat to their household to use the promotion as an incentive to acquire their cat now rather than later.

Potential adopters can download and print a "Free Over Three" cat coupon at www.vbspca.com. The coupon must be presented at time of application and availability is on a first come, first served basis. Normal adoption criteria will still apply. Full details and restrictions are available on the coupon and on the website.

Shelters across the region are experiencing high cat numbers and with so much competition, finding loving, permanent homes for each one is difficult. This is compounded by offers of free cats on sites such as Craigslist. But adoption of a shelter cat versus a free cat elsewhere has a huge advantage. All Virginia Beach SPCA cats are spayed or neutered, dewormed, have received their rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, are tested for FELV/FIV, and are microchipped. The cost of these procedures is worth upwards of $400 that individuals would have to acquire when obtaining cats through the classifieds or Craigslist.

For additional information on the “Free Over Three” promotion, please contact Teresa Lamarche, Community Outreach Director at 427-0070 X41.

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