Friday, December 11, 2009


By Brianne Harrison

“Mother Nature really screwed up when it came to cats,” a fellow shelter volunteer once commented to me. And it would seem she’s right: feline fecundity has led to an immense number of stray cats and kittens, and with cold weather moving in, area shelters are desperately trying to find homes for these former strays, as well as for the many animals being turned over by owners who can no longer afford to keep them.

In an attempt to adopt out as many cats as they can, some area shelters are offering deals. St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is doing a “two for one” deal for anyone interested in acquiring more than one pet. Adopters pay the usual fee for a single cat ($150 for an adult cat and $175 for kittens) but can choose to take home two cats or two kittens. The cats are all spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. Adopters also receive 30 days of free pet insurance.

Monmouth County SPCA is offering a similar deal—two kittens up to four months of age are two for the price of one. Adult cats older than one year can be adopted for any donation, as long as the adopters meet the shelter’s criteria for adoption.

Can’t adopt right now? Shelters throughout the Garden State are accepting donations of money and supplies (which can be as simple as a roll of paper towels). Every little bit helps! To find a shelter near you, visit

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