Humane Society kicks off year-end cat adoption activities


The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is aiming to find homes for a record number of cats and kittens this December and has set a goal of 200 adult cat adoptions by Dec. 31.

To help reach this goal, special adoption incentives and a special adoption event are planned to help spur adoptions for the many fabulous felines in the Humane Society’s care.

On Dec. 5, the Humane Society will host “Feline Festivus,” a daylong cat adopt-a-thon featuring extended adoption hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Standard adoption fees are $75 for adult cats, $50 for senior cats more than 7 years old, and $100 for kittens.

Special “Buddy Adoption” incentives will be offered through the end of the year: adopters who adopt one cat of any age can adopt a second cat of any age with the Buddy Adoption fee waived. Adopters who took home a cat from the San Diego Humane Society at any time during 2009 also qualify for the waived fee through Dec. 31.

In addition, the first 25 adopters to take home an adult cat, and the first 25 adopters to take home a kitten at Feline Festivus will receive a special starter-kit gift basket, including a collar, litterbox, toys and treats, plus a gift certificate to Muttique, the San Diego Humane Society’s store.

The San Diego Humane Society hopes to awaken San Diegans to the joys of cat ownership. Dogs are often more popular with adopters: the San Diego Humane Society receives an average of 5,000 dog adoption applications each year but only 2,000 cat adoption applications.

Cats also traditionally remain in shelter care longer than their canine counterparts; it takes on average 30 days to find a new home for an adult cat, as compared to only 13 days for an adult dog. Older cats may even spend as many as six months to a year at the Humane Society before finding a home.

“Cats are captivating, entertaining, and compassionate companions,” says Renee Harris, Senior Vice President of Animal Services for the San Diego Humane Society. “San Diego was recently judged to be America’s most dog-friendly city for the second time-I hope soon we will be considered America’s most cat-friendly city as well.”

For more information or to view some of the adoptable cats available at the San Diego Humane Society, visit