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Monday, April 15, 2024

Humane Society event promotes cat adoption

Patrons packed themselves into the Alachua County Humane Society on Saturday to take advantage of Catapalooza.

The event cut adoption costs to try and find homes for the facility's cats.

As patrons packed themselves into the open cat colony, they were met with the stares of more than 100 feline occupants who observed the procession of people.

Normally, cats and kittens cost $100. For the event, cat prices ranged from $25 to $40, and kittens were $75.

Executive director Becky Goodman said the event was designed to make room in anticipation of the quickly approaching kitten season, which floods the county shelter with too many cats.

When that happens, the shelter has to euthanize animals to make room. The Humane Society, which has a no-kill policy, takes as many animals as it can from the shelter to save them from that fate.

The room held the newest feline arrivals in chest-high cages. Dozens of uncaged cats freely tiptoed through the crowd or lounged on shelves and tables.

Goodman said another goal of the event was to find homes for the cats that had been at the facility for too long. More than 50 had been there for over a year.

By 4 p.m., 43 cats had been adopted.

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