Meow in Mukilteo: 13 lucky cats find homes
The Rosehill Community Center was filled with felines on Sunday – all of them meowing, batting at toys and being rather cute.
The Pawsitive Alliance, non-profit with the mission of getting rescued cats and dogs adopted, hosted its sixth annual Meow in Mukilteo cat adoption event on July 14.
Six animal rescue groups brought in kittens and cats looking for homes to Rosehill. The groups were: Friends of the Animals Foundation, Happy Paws Farm, Humane Society of Skagit County, Oasis for Animals, PAWS and Purrfect Pals.
All the cats available were spayed and neutered, and were up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Those interested in adopting could interact with the cats, and PAWS even set up a tent for those interested in a cat or kitten to go and play in.
This year, a total of 13 cats and kittens were adopted. Last year and in 2011, 25 cats were adopted.
Although Pawsitive Alliance didn’t meet its goal of 25 adoptions, many cats did find a home that day.
“We’re so pleased,” said Denise Melton, the programs and administrative manager for Pawsitive Alliance.
“Every adoption event, we leave so happy because whatever amount of animals we saw adopted that day, that amount of animals are not going back into the shelters. They are going to their forever home, and that just makes us thrilled.”
Dallas, a 10-week-old kitten, was found with his three brothers in a backyard in Stanwood. All four cats were sickly when the homeowner turned them over to Purrfect Pals.
After being in foster care for four weeks, Dallas now has a home with Linda Skugstad.
Zoey, a 2-month-old kitten, was taken in by the Humane Society after being rescued from a hoarder.
She was semi-feral when she came to the shelter because she had lived outside her whole life, but now she is described as a “cuddle bug” by volunteers.
“Look at that face!” said Angela Thomson, who adopted Zoey on Sunday.
Thomson said the Meow in Mukilteo event is a great way to adopt a pet. It is a source she can trust, she said.
“I think that anyone looking for a pet should come here instead of Craigslist or a mill,” she said. “It’s great that they’re already up-to-date on all of their shots.”
The event was filled with cats of all ages. Some of them have been less fortunate in life than others, such as kitten Tony Stark, whose eye has been destroyed by herpes, a common problem for kittens.
The owner couldn’t afford surgery, so Tony was turned over to Purrfect Pals. He now lives with Purrfect Pals foster care manager Susan Bark, and her daughter, Catlin. He is 15 weeks old.
Like Tony Stark, many other cats at the adoption event had just as interesting names – such as Betty Boop or Ducky Waddle.
Maribeth Alford adopted kittens Ducky Waddle and Frankie, both 2 months old. The sister kittens were strays and transferred to PAWS.
Volunteers described the sisters as “very bonded.” The two puff balls will now gain a new sibling – Alford’s fluffy Pomeranian.
Alford said that she is going to keep the kittens’ names.
However, there were still many cats in need of homes, such as Gerber, who relaxed in his hammock while his brother Vinnie and sister Lola played with a toy.
Pawsitive Alliance's mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs, and improving pet retention.
The organization’s volunteers work to bring more awareness to shelter animals to increase adoption rates.
“We are very thankful for all of the people who came out and who opted to adopt,” Melton said.
For more information on Pawsitive Alliance, or to find upcoming adoption events for both dogs and cats, go to www.pawsitivealliance.org or visit their Facebook page.
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.