MSPCA-Angell Bids Adieu to Summer with Fee-Waived Cat Adoptathon

August 19, 2013

BOSTON, Methuen and Centerville, Mass. Aug. 19, 2013 – On the heels of its successful July adoptathon that saw 57 senior cats go to new homes in July, the MSPCA-Angell has just announced a second fee-waived adoptathon dubbed “The End of Summer III,” in reference to three previous fee-waived adoptathons held the previous three summers.  The adoptathon aims to find as many new homes as possible for more than 250 adult cats currently living at the MSPCA’s three adoption centers.

The adoptathon is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25, during which time the standard $150 adoption fee for cats aged one year and up will be waived.  “Fortunately our donors have stepped up yet again to provide the funding we need to stage this second adoptathon—a strategy that has become increasingly important to our goal of placing every adoptable cat into a new home,” said Jean Weber, director of animal protection for the MSPCA-Angell.

The cat overpopulation crisis continues in Massachusetts despite significant progress made by the MSPCA and other humane groups to spay and neuter as many animals as possible.  So far this year, for example, the MSPCA has seen a 25 percent reduction in cats coming into its shelters, a result of aggressive and targeted spay and neuter efforts.  However, with so many kittens available at this time of year, finding permanent homes for adult cats can be more difficult.  The MSPCA-Angell has set a goal of placing all of its adult cats into new homes as part of The End of Summer III event.

All three of the MSPCA’s adoption centers—Jamaica Plain, Methuen and Centerville—will participate in the adoptathon.  The MSPCA has created an online destination with details on adoptable cats, hours and directions and other pertinent information for would-be adopters. 

Adult cats make wonderful  pets for individuals and families because most have already lived in a home—often with other pets—and their personalities and habits are fully established.  And because cats live upwards of 20 years or more, one-year-old and older felines have many healthy and active years ahead of them.    

Funding for The End of Summer III adoptathon has been provided by the Ivan Smith Adoption Challenge, which is designed to educate adopters about the variety of adoptable animals available at the MSPCA.  Additional funding is provided by the Cat-vocate group, a volunteer group committed to finding permanent homes for every adult cat in the MSPCA’s care.

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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.