‘Kittypalooza’ Aims to Give RVA Strays Forever Homes
The month of June is usually packed with pool days, humidity and BBQs—but why not a new pet? Until the end of June, Richmond Animal Care and Control is hosting “Kittypalooza” in honor of Adopt-A-Cat Month.
Visitors can bring home a new feline companion for just $20.
“We don’t do this too often, but it really is a great opportunity,” said Paula Ritter, the RAC&C outreach coordinator. “The $20 includes getting the cat spayed or neutered, which can easily go over $100 at the vet,” she added.
The adoption fee not only includes spaying/neutering, but tests for FIV/FELV, vaccines and microchipping. Cats older than eight years are available at no charge. The shelter’s adoption fee is typically $100.
“We’ve had quite a few adoptions already this month, but a lot of new cats come in because of the season—it’s so hot outside,” Ritter said.
Animal-lovers who are interested in adopting must complete an application before taking home a new friend. The shelter is open for adoption from 1–7 pm Wednesday through Friday, noon–5 pm Saturdays and noon–4 pm Sundays.
“I adopted my cat from the RAC&C and it was such an easy, straightforward process. Everyone working there is so eager to help make sure that you and the animal leave happy,” said Jada Carpenter, a VCU student who adopted her cat, Bandit, about a year ago.
“I know a lot of students who adopt from the RAC&C for the same reason, plus you leave feeling like you really did a good thing,” Carpenter added.
The RAC&C has a huge variety of potential feline companions including calicos, tortis, brown and orange tabbies, tuxedos, solid white or black, and long-haired cats. There are currently 49 cats up for adoption, and they can be seen on the RAC&C website.
“We just really want to make sure all these friendly guys find a loving home,” Ritter said.
The RAC&C is an Open Admission shelter, meaning they take in any animal in need throughout Richmond. This includes sick, injured or aggressive animals that need to be put up for adoption.
The shelter does not have a time limit on how long animals stay in their care—they remain at the shelter until they’re found a permanent home. The RAC&C cares for more than 4,400 stray, injured, lost, abused and relinquished pets a year.
The shelter is located at 1600 Chamberlayne Ave.
It’s always hard reporting on this, because I already have a dog, and he’s kind of a territorial monster. But If I had my way, All of these amazing animals would be in my house. The good news is, the Richmond SPCA has teamed up with Priority Automotive to provide free adoptions, with micro chips and spayed/neutering [...]December 18, 2013
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