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Strays & Others to host Pet Adoption event at Best Friends in Norwalk

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"Grace," an adult female Calico mix, will meet prospective adopting families at Strays & Others' Cat Adoption Event on Valentine’s Day at Best Friends Pet Care in Norwalk
Strays & Others, Inc. will sponsor its first Pet Adoption opportunity of the year on Valentine’s Day, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, at Best Friends Pet Care, 528 Main Avenue (route 7) in Norwalk, directly next to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Dozens of cats will be available to meet potential adopters.

"We are urging Fairfield County residents to ‘Have a Heart’ this Valentine’s Day and adopt one of the more than 50 cats currently in our care," said Claudia Weber, president and founder of Strays & Others. “Each adoption will actually help TWO animals by freeing up a place in our tiny shelter for another of the growing number of cats and kittens currently being abandoned in our area. The problem has become epidemic with the economy downturn, and the bitter cold is very dangerous for these homeless former pets. We – and they – really need the community’s help,” she said.

"At our special Valentine’s Day event, people can informally meet cats of all ages and colors, ask questions about their personalities and backgrounds, and hopefully begin the process of adoption. There’s plenty of support: all of our cats are spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated and vetted, and Strays & Others provides adopters with a case worker familiar with their adopted pet who will serve as a resource while their new pet is acclimating to its new environment," she remarked.

Ms. Weber told the stories of two of the animals who will be eagerly looking for homes at the Valentine’s Day event.

"Mercy, a sweet, gentle little kitten, and her mom were abandoned at an area country club by someone who didn't want them anymore. We were able to rescue Mercy, but sadly, her poor mom is still out in the cold fending for herself, waiting for space to open up in our shelter. Mercy is a domestic short-hair black and white mix, only five months old, who loves to snuggle and purr loudly when being handled. All of our volunteers think she's really special. She was a little scared at first, but has come such a long way. Look into her eyes and see if Mercy isn’t saying to you, ‘Be Mine’!" Ms. Weber added.

"Mercy," a female black and white mix kitten, will meet prospective adopting families at Strays & Others' Cat Adoption Event on Valentine’s Day at Best Friends Pet Care in Norwalk
"Area firefighters discovered Grace when they heard plaintive mews coming from a storm drain below the road outside the firehouse. After several attempts, Grace was rescued and brought into the firehouse where she was given food, water, and warmth until Strays & Others could be contacted. She spends most of her days looking out the shelter window watching squirrels and chipmunks. Grace is a sweet, medium-sized dilute calico mix, is very friendly, gets along with other cats, and would be a terrific family cat. Saving Grace by adopting her would enable us to rescue another shivering cat from the cold this winter," Ms. Weber observed.

"With limited space and financial resources to care for these abandoned and orphaned animals, adoption is an important way that people in the community can support our work. For those who are not able to adopt an animal, donations provide crucial help in defraying some of the expenses of caring for these homeless waifs – for example, spaying and neutering, necessary medical care, and possible boarding – while we search for a suitable home," she remarked. In addition to the shelter for cats in Norwalk, the animals are currently housed in a variety of locations, ranging from foster homes to boarding kennels, she said.

Strays & Others, Inc., known both for its unusual success in matching homeless cats, dogs and other animals with adoptive homes, as well as for its community-based programs to educate and assist pet owners, receives close to 5000 calls a year from people who need assistance. Since its founding in 1985, Strays & Others has provided medical care, vaccinations, spaying and neutering for more than 4200 animals rescued from homelessness. Strays & Others also operates a low-cost Spay/Neuter program and offers information and referrals on a variety of pet-related topics and concerns, including how to locate lost pets.

For information about Strays & Others' programs and pets available for adoption, visit Strays & Others on the Internet at www.straysandothers.petfinder.com or call (203) 966-6556.

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