Adopters have been able to take home a cat for free from New York City’s Animal Care & Control (AC&C) since July 17th, and the offer will last until Labor Day on September 7th. The offer only applies to cats over 1 year old, and all adoptable cats are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped and come complete with a goody bag.
"We strongly encourage people who love animals and can properly care for one, to come to the shelter and adopt a cat for free today. Cats are typically low-maintenance and affordable pets who are just looking to be loved," said Richard Gentles, spokesperson for AC&C.
The charity hopes that this limited-time offer will see hundreds of cats adopted, which would ensure that they can complete 2009 without having to euthanize any healthy cats due to space limitations. AC&C is New York City’s municipal shelter system and is therefore required by law to accept any animal that is brought to them – and in a typical year this involves over 43,000 animals.
"We encourage people who must surrender their pets, those who have unwanted litters or find stray animals, to keep them in their home for at least a few weeks in order to help save more lives. The Mayor’s Alliance also offers low-cost pet care options for those in need, so they can keep their beloved pet," said Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.