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August 17, 2011

Local Groups and The HSUS Hold Adoption Event for Cats Rescued from Alachua County

The Humane Society of the United States is working with Alachua County Animal Services, PetSmart Charities©, the Alachua Humane Society and The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida to hold an adoption event for approximately 550 cats rescued in June from an Alachua County hoarding situation. These cats were recently placed in the custody of The HSUS, have been fully vetted and are now looking for permanent loving homes.

Animal lovers who are interested in finding a new feline companion are encouraged to come out to the event. All ages and types of cats will be available for adoption. Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities© the adoption fee for each cat is only $5. All of the cats are fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered. People interested in adopting are encouraged to bring cash and a cat carrier if they already own one. Each household will be allowed to adopt a maximum of two cats.

These cats are some of the nearly 700 who were rescued in June from deplorable conditions at the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary. The HSUS has provided personnel and funding for the care of the cats since their rescue. The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida has assisted with medical care and sterilization of the cats. Some of the cats had to be humanely euthanized due to severe health issues, while the unsocialized cats are being placed in appropriate homes.

Who: The Humane Society of the United States, Alachua County Animal Services, PetSmart Charities©, the Alachua Humane Society and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

What: Adoption event for approximately 550 cats rescued from hoarding situation.

When: Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where: Alachua County Humane Society

4205 Northwest 6th Street, Gainesville, FL

*Media interested in attending the event should RSVP with The HSUS public relations department at 202-452-1100, option 3. 

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