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August 21, 2012
Cats fly out the door during World Cat Day adoption event
  
Toronto Animal Services is pleased to announce that during its recent World Cat Day two-for-one cat adoption campaign the number of cats that found forever homes was almost 60% higher than during the same period from 2011.

Starting on World Cat Day, and running for one week, Toronto Animal Services offered two cats for the price of one. The adoption campaign was to help reduce the number of kittens and cats in Toronto shelters.

Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre) helped kick off the event on August 8, with 100 furry kittens. "I am proud to say we had such an overwhelming response that we increased the number of cats we normally adopt by more than 50%. I want to thank the media who helped get the word out. And, to all those who celebrated World Cat Day by adopting a cat or two into their home, thank you, thank you, thank you. You have helped make a difference in the lives of animals in Toronto."

Founded in 2002, World Cat Day each August 8 helps raise awareness of the love and companionship cats give their owners. Interestingly, the number of dog adoptions also increased by about a third during that same period.

There are still a number of cats and dogs, as well as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds available for adoption.

All cats adopted from Toronto Animal Services are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, vet checked and microchipped. The adoption fee for a cat is $75 plus tax. A licence fee, if applicable, is $15 for each cat in addition to the adoption fee.

Visit any one of Toronto Animal Services' shelter locations - open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week.

West Region - 146 The East Mall (Hwy 427 and Dundas St. W)
East Region - 821 Progress Ave. (Markham Road and Highway 401)
North Region - 1300 Sheppard Ave. W. (Keele St. and Sheppard Ave. W)
South Region - 140 Princes Blvd. (Exhibition Place, Horse Palace)

Note: During the CNE from August 17 to September 4, The Toronto Animal Services south location at 140 Princes' Blvd, Exhibition Place will be open to CNE patrons only. If you need to claim your pet from this location, please call 416-338-6668 to make arrangements.

More information: http://www.toronto.ca/animalservices or 416-338-PAWS (7297)

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Bruce Hawkins
Senior Communications Coordinator
416-392-3496
bhawkin@toronto.ca

 

 

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