June 24, 2013
BOSTON, Methuen and Centerville, Mass. June 24, 2013 – As New Englanders gear up for typical American summer rituals such as barbecues and road trips, the MSPCA-Angell will be hard at work finding homes for senior cats with its “Declare Your Love” fee-waived senior cat adoptathon. The adoptathon runs from July 1-14 and during this period the standard $95 dollar adoption fee for cats nine-plus years of age and older will be waived.
The Declare Your Love adoptathon kicks off during a time of year when older cats languish in animal shelters, passed over for the many kittens available during the summer months. “Kittens are irresistible and generally spend less time in our adoption centers before they are taken home—but senior cats, many of whom are surrendered because their older care takers have died or are too ill to care for them, can spend much more time in a setting that is unlike anything they’ve ever known,” said Jean Weber, Director of Animal Protection for the MSPCA-Angell.
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.
Samantha is a senior kitty currently living at the MSPCA-Centerville on Cape Cod and hopes to find a permanent home in July as part of the "Declare Your Love" senior cat adoptathon (Credit MSPCA-Angell)
The goal of the campaign is to place all of the organization’s 30-plus senior cats into forever homes. Senior cats make wonderful low-pressure 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. “It’s also important to remember that cats routinely live upwards of 20 years or more so these cats have plenty of life left in them,” added Weber.
Funding for the Declare Your Love adoptathon has been provided by the Ivan Smith Adoption Challengewhich is designed to educate adopters about the variety of adoptable animals available at the MSPCA, and to support adoption promotions to find homes for them.
The MSPCA’s adoption centers currently house nearly 40 senior cats, all of whom qualify for the fee-waived adoptathon. MSPCA staffers hope to find loving permanent homes for these cats—as well as the hundreds of homeless dogs, rabbits, birds and small animals in its care who will benefit from the increased foot traffic sparked by the campaign.
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.