June 18, 2012
BOSTON, Methuen, Mass. and Centerville, Mass. June 18, 2012– The MSPCA-Angell and Animal Rescue League of Boston have joined forces for an innovative campaign to place hundreds of adult cats into new homes, just in time for summer. The “Schools Out…Cats are In!” promotion will run the weekend of June 23 and centers on a significantly reduced adoption fee of $50 for cats over one year old, versus the MSPCA’s usual $150 and ARL-Boston’s $75-$150 fee. The campaign highlights the many advantages of adopting an adult cat now that “kitten season”—a time of the year when many kittens are born and subsequently flood into shelters—makes it that much harder to find forever homes for adult felines.
The “Schools Out…Cats are In!” campaign will kick off on Friday, June 22 and extend through Sunday, June 24. The MSPCA-Angell’s Boston, Methuen and Cape Cod Adoption Centers—as well as Animal Rescue League’s Boston, Brewster and Dedham shelters—will all participate in the campaign. The goal is to adopt out hundreds of cats over the course of the weekend. Funding for the MSPCA’s participation in the campaign is provided by the Ivan Smith Adoption Challenge and other generous donors. Both organizations have included comprehensive information about cat adoption—as well as hours of operation—on their respective Web sites: www.mspca.org and www.arlboston.org.
The Impact of Kitten Season on Adult Cat Adoptions
Kitten season places an enormous burden on animal shelters, just as they are working overtime to find homes for the adult cats in their care. The MSPCA and the ARL-Boston have already taken in about 2,400 cats under one year old into their shelters so far this year. This is an extraordinary number of new arrivals at a time when space is always at a premium. And because the attention that cute young kittens command, adult cats wait longer for new homes during the summer months than at any other time in the year. Jean Weber, Director of Animal Protection for the MSPCA-Angell, has written extensively about the challenges of adopting adult cats during kitten season, most recently in an article published in late May in the West Roxbury Transcript.
Why Adult Cats Rule
Adopting an adult cat has countless advantages. Adult cats are almost always litter box trained, and most have experience living in a home. Many arrive at animal shelters after years living in homes with other animals, and have experience living with children. Moreover, unlike kittens—whose personalities can be hard to discern because they are so young—adult cats’ personalities are long established by the time they are ready for adoption. So for adopters who have a particular “type” of cat in mind, whether that is shy, playful, lazy or active, adopting an adult cat is the way to go.
Two Stalwart Animal Protection Groups Join Forces for the Cause
The promotion marks the first time the MSPCA and ARL-Boston have teamed up for a coordinated campaign. Said Jennifer Wooliscroft, director of communications, Animal Rescue League of Boston, “We are very excited about the upcoming campaign. Finding excellent homes for the many adult cats in our care is a top priority, and I’m confident that with both of our organizations working in tandem we will have many, many successful adoptions over the course of the weekend.”
The MSPCA-Angell is teaming with Animal Rescue League of Boston on the "Schools Out, Cats are In!" campaign. Together the two organizations hope to place hundreds of cats into permanent homes the weekend of June 23. "Piglet," seen here, is a sweet cat currently residing at MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, and hoping for a forever home (credit: MSPCA-Angell)
Weber echoed Wooliscroft’s sentiment: “Now is the time to change the lives of the hundreds of adult cats living in our adoption centers, as well as those run by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Partnering with the Animal Rescue League means the campaign will be doubly successful and we’re so thrilled to participate.”
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.
The Animal Rescue League is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment and neglect. Since 1899 the organization has advocated the philosophy of its founder, Anna Harris Smith, that “Kindness uplifts the world.” For more information visit www.arlboston.org.