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Thursday, July 19, 2012 07:55 am


It isn’t hard to see why the Animal Protective League is giving away cats.

Walk into the reception area of the animal shelter on Taintor Road and there, atop a desk, lies Garfunkel, a tabby, snoozing next to a computer screen, sprawled half on top of the keyboard. Edmund, a black-and-white, is exploring office supplies and wastebaskets. Frodo, a tan kitten, runs and stops, runs and stops, as if looking for something to do while Caressa, who looks just like Frodo only bigger, sits on a chair, surveying it all.

With 60 cats on the premises and another 20 farmed out to foster homes, there is no more room at the inn.

“At this point, we’re at the height of kitten season,” says Kathleen Ritzmann, shelter veterinarian. “One goes out the door and we’re pulling another one in.”

And so the shelter is making an offer no cat lover can refuse: free cats. Questions will be asked, but presuming the shelter approves your application, the adult cat of your dreams can be yours, with the only charge being $9 for residents of Sangamon County to cover a county-mandated registration fee. If these cats were cars, they’d be option-loaded Cadillacs: Before leaving the shelter, they are spayed or neutered, microchipped and treated with a surefire flea-be-gone remedy. The shelter usually charges $50 to cover these costs.

The promotion is scheduled to end Aug. 1. The shelter can be reached by calling 544-7387.
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