Shelter offers free cat adoptions on Black Friday


ANNOUNCER: WELCOME BACK. YOU’RE WATCHING KOIN 6 NEWS, WATCHING OUT FOR YOU. JENNY: YOU KNOW, OREGON HAS A EARNED A REPUTATION FOR BEING A PET-FRIENDLY STATE WITH SHELTERS OFTEN RUNNING OUT OF ANIMALS TO ADOPT OUT. THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM IN SHERWOOD IS NO EXCEPTION. AND THEY HAVE A BIG EVENT COMING UP. WE FOUND OUT WHY THEY GIVE AWAY CUTE CATS AND KITTENS EVERY YEAR FOR FREE IN THIS WEEK’S POSITIVE VIBES. COME BLACK FRIDAY, ALL ADOPTABLE CATS AND KITTENS LIVING AT THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM IN SHERWOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE FOR THAT ENTIRE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. IT’S SOMETHING THE SHELTER DOES EVERY YEAR. THE REASON WE DO THIS ADOPTION EVENT IS REALLY TO MAKE SPACE IN THE SHELTER FOR CATS THAT ARE GOING TO NEED US LATER THIS WINTER. JENNY: HEATHER SVOBODA TELLS US THEY OFTEN GET OLDER CATS WITH MEDICAL NEEDS IN THE COLDER MONTHS, SO MAKING ROOM FOR THEM IS CRITICAL, AND WHEN THEY SAY THE CATS AND KITTENS ARE FREE, THEY MEAN IT. EVERYTHING’S INCLUDED, SO JUST LIKE WITH OUR TYPICAL ADOPTIONS, VACCINES, MICRO-CHIPPING, EVERYBODY’S SPAYED OR NEUTERED BEFORE THEY GO HOME. THEY HAVE A VETERINARY EXAM. SO — JENNY: A SAVINGS UP TO $200 IN SOME CASES. THEY HAVE ALL TYPES OF CATS AVAILABLE, AND MANY OF THEM RECENTLY CAME FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH ADOPTION RATES IN OREGON, THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM IS ABLE TO TAKE IN A LOT OF PETS, LIKE HELENE HERE, WHO CAME FROM HURRICANE MICHAEL IN FLORIDA. IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT, THOSE CATS LIKE HELENE WERE ALREADY IN SHELTERS IN THE STATES THEY CAME FROM. SO THAT WAY YOU’RE NOT MOVING SOMEBODY’S PET CAT THAT JUST GOT WE ARE JUST MOVING CATS THAT WERE ALREADY RELINQUISHED TO THE SHELTER OR HAD ALREADY BEEN PICKED UP BEFORE THE STORMS. JENNY: DURING LAST YEAR’S BLACK FRIDAY EVENT, THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM CLEARED EVERY ADOPTABLE CAT OUT OF THE SHELTER. NO SURPRISE, GIVEN OREGON RANKS NEAR THE TOP FOR STATES WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF PET OWNERS PER CAPITA. IT’S SUCH A PET-FRIENDLY LOCATION. WE’VE BEEN REALLY FORTUNATE IN THAT. AND IT MEANS WE’RE ABLE TO HELP OTHER COMMUNITIES THAT DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF SUCCESS. JENNY: WE HAVE A LINK POSTED TO THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM ON KOIN.COM WITH DETAILS OF THE BLACK FRIDAY EVENT. IT’S ONLY AT THEIR MAIN SHERWOOD LOCATION.

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