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November 9, 2004
Wanted - missing owners and "purrfect" new friends
Toronto Animal Services has launched a "Bringing People and Pets Together"
campaign, with the goal of re-uniting owners with lost pets and creating new
owners for some very adoptable pets.

"Currently we have a significant number of cats in our care and are looking to
the community for support," said Eletta Purdy, City-wide manager. "We need to
place more than 200 cats into new homes and we have about 300 stray cats
waiting for their owners to claim them. We are hoping that people will find a
place in their homes for a new pet and that anyone who has lost a cat recently
will contact us."

If you are thinking of adopting a pet, now is the time. Adopted cats come with
up-to-date vaccinations and they are microchipped for pet identification. Every
cat will leave the care of Animal Services with up to $50 in refundable gift
certificates towards surgical sterilization, rabies vaccination and an initial
veterinary health check. The adoption fee is only $75, a great deal for a
lifelong friend.

Cats can be viewed on the Toronto Animal Services Web site at or by dropping into one of the five
Animal Centres located across the city. If you have recently lost your pet, we
urge you to contact us to complete a lost animal report - your pet depends on

Toronto Animal Services is a City of Toronto service responsible for sheltering
animals that are lost or surrendered by owners and placing them for adoption to
new homes. We provide animal fostering, volunteer opportunities and a public
education program. Come by and visit - with five Animal Centre locations in
Toronto, we are in your neighbourhood.

Media contact:
Frank Giorno, Media Relations, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974
Note: Photo opportunities and interviews can be arranged.



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