This morning on the Today Show, correspondent Jill Rappaport focused her report on cats in need of permanent homes. They visited the felines in the care of New York City’s Animal Care and Control, where it was reported that they receive twice as many cats as dogs.
Similarly, at the Richmond SPCA, there are twice as many cats and kittens in our care – 283 right now – compared to dogs. Many are former strays who we have transferred from municipal animal care and control facilities in our area. All deserve a loving, permanent home.
As the report mentioned, there are stigmas attached to black cats. It’s not just the superstitions associated with Halloween, but black cats are more likely to be overlooked simply because they may not catch an adopter’s eye as readily as one with more vibrant markings. Every year at this time we are asked if the Richmond SPCA halts adoptions of black cats near Halloween. Our staff maintains the same caution year round. During the adoption counseling process, if the conversation left the impression that the adopter wanted to cause harm, the pet would certainly not be placed in the home. However, we believe that to discourage adoptions of black cats would take away the opportunity for these wonderful pets to give a lifetime of companionship to loving family.
I have to commend Jill Rappaport for encouraging the adoption of cats and kittens in pairs. Whether littermates or pairs who are otherwise compatible, adopting two cats gives your pet a built in playmate who will keep boredom at bay, especially if you’re away for long hours. The Richmond SPCA even offers a discount of 30 percent when more than one pet is adopted at a time.
Today we have a special treat for Howl-O-Ween. Adopt any pet – cat or dog – for 50 percent off the regular adoption fee. There’s no trick! Our adoption center hours are also extended until 10 p.m. for our Sixth Annual Cat Tales & Cocktails Halloween party.