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36 Black & White Cats Abandoned ... Can You Adopt?

Adoption fees temporarily reduced for black and white cats following a mass abandonment at its facility.

The Marin Humane Society has reduced adoption fees for black and white felines by 50 percent through Dec. 31. The promotion comes on the heels of the abandonment of 36 black and white cats by an anonymous party. Prior to that, the society already had more than a dozen black and white cats in need of homes.

At approximately 5:15 a.m. Nov. 25, an anonymous party drove up to the MHS after-hours receiving gate and left 14 boxes containing 24 cats. An accompanying note stated that the cats’ guardians no longer had a place to live. Security camera footage shows the same car at the society’s receiving gate at 3:45 a.m. Dec. 4 when an additional 12 cats were abandoned. The cats range in age from three months to two years old.

“With the recent abandonment of these 36 cats, we anticipate that dozens of black and white felines will be available for adoption by the end of this week alone,” says Keri Fennell, director of customer services. “By temporarily reducing fees, we hope to entice more families to adopt and free up room in our shelter for other animals in need.”

Among the many black and white cats currently available for adoption at MHS are Brandon, an attention-seeking two-year-old; Venti, a shy but curious three-year-old; and Clarke, a lively four-month-old kitten. Currently, 60 percent of adoption cats and kittens at MHS are black and/or white, and that percentage is expected to increase over the coming days. On average, the society has 30 to 40 cats and kittens available for adoption at one time and adopts out nearly 1,000 felines every year.

The reduced adoption fees are applicable to cats and kittens with all black and all white fur, and a combination of black and white fur. Fees are $50 for cats five months and older and $62 for kittens less than five months of age.

Adds Fennell, “While vaccinating, microchipping, spaying and neutering, and medically and behaviorally evaluating an additional 36 cats on top of our normal shelter population is no easy task, we are certainly grateful that the anonymous party chose to surrender their cats to MHS where they will be well-cared for until they find new, loving homes.”

The Marin Humane Society Adoption Center (171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato) is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 415.506.6225 or visit MarinHumaneSociety.org.

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kai lancaster December 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
We adopted a black and white 18 months ago and could not be more pleased. Instead of 'shopping' by looking at the cats, we first read all the cat profiles. Yes, this can be time consuming, but we knew what type of personality we wanted/needed. The cat who applealed most on paper was a large black and white with a horrible name. We visited with her and found her to have an awesome personality and a perfect fit for our family. She came home with us the next day and her adjustment period took all of 12 minutes! I hope her black and white friends find homes soon. PS - yes, we renamed the cat - she is very thankful.
Bill Turner December 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Oh dear. Black and white cats have the absolute BEST personalities. If you are needing a furry friend or know someone who might, please let them know about this glut. We've got 2 right now but are evaluating room for more.

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