Seattle Animal Shelter showcases senior foster cats May 12, 2012
SEATTLE — Give a senior cat a second chance at love! As part of its ongoing outreach efforts to find suitable permanent homes for foster animals, the Seattle Animal Shelter showcases senior cats at a cat adoptathon on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Mirabella Retirement Center, 116 Fairview Ave. N., in the South Lake Union/Cascade neighborhood. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous cats of different breeds.
Rita, pictured here, is a beautiful girl with yellow and blue eyes.
“By featuring senior cats at this month’s adoptathon, we hope to continue to not only spread the word about the joys and value of adopting shelter pets but also the joys of adopting older cats, and saving lives,” says Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.
Senior cats, defined as any cat six years or older, in the shelter, are often overlooked in favor of kittens, but senior cats have many advantages as pets. Because cats can live up to 20 years or longer, older cats can offer years of loving companionship. Mature cats are low-maintenance and less destructive than kittens, and well-suited to a variety of living conditions. Best of all, when you adopt an adult cat you can find a perfect match for your personality and lifestyle.
The cats at this event have been living in foster homes, so their foster parents know their likes, dislikes, and habits, and can help adopters find just what they are looking for, whether it be a companion cat, a cat that likes kids or dogs, a snuggler, or an independent soul.
The benefits of pet ownership are reciprocal. Adopting a senior shelter cat saves a life! And research has shown that living with pets can provide health benefits; such as helping lower blood pressure, lessening anxiety, boosting immunity, and improving the adopter’s quality of life too.
Seniors adopting pets also receive discounts! If you are 60 years or older, and have a Gold Card or Flash Card, the following discounts apply:
• All fees half-price for cats aged two to five years
• All fees waived except half-price license for cats six years or older
• Regular priced fees, half-price license for cats two years or younger
Adoption prices range from $5 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include:
• Initial vaccinations
• Feline Leukemia testing
• Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
• Spay or neuter
• Microchip (About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected under the cat’s skin, providing an identification number associated with that animal. Animal shelters can then “scan” a lost animal and retrieve its records from the microchip.)
For more information about the benefits of adopting a senior cat, visit http://www.petfinder.com/before-pet-adoption/10-reasons-senior-cats-rule.html
For profiles of some of the special cats that will be attending this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org To contact the Seattle Animal Shelter, visit http://www.seattle.gov/animalshelter/ or call (206)386-PETS (7387).