Cats can be adopted in exchange for cat food donations

Grab a couple cans of cat food or a sack of kitty kibble and adopt an adult cat for free during CATSTRAVAGANZA this weekend.

Four local shelters are waiving their adoption fees in an effort to find loving homes for adult cats, and to make room for more homeless felines, said Barbara Talbert, director of Jackson County Animal Services.

The free adult cat adoption event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, at each of the facilities — Southern Oregon Humane Society, Sanctuary One, Committed Alliance to Strays (C.A.T.S) and the county shelter. All available adult cats will be at least one year old, fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Many will be micro-chipped, Talbert said.

Local animal shelters are overflowing with adult cats, after what has been a very long kitten season that persisted throughout the warm summer months and into the fall. The four shelters have a combined total of approximately 400 cats and kittens either in their facilities or in foster homes awaiting adoption, she said.

Kittens won't be available for free, but will be available for adoption at regular fees.

Food donated at the adoption event will be used at the shelters and any excess will be given to ACCESS, Talbert said.

For more information, please contact:

Kenn Altine, Executive Director, Southern Oregon Humane Society, 541-779-3215;

Sansa Collins, Animal Care Manager, Sanctuary One, 541-899-8627;

Barbara Talbert, Manager, Jackson County Animal Services, 541-774-6644;

Jan Whetstone, Volunteer Executive Director, C.A.T.S., 541-779-2916;

Sally Mackler, Spay/Neuter Your Pet, 541-858-3325.

— Sanne Specht

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