Oliver, formerly Davis, awaiting playtime with Max.
Upon hearing the news the Marin Humane Society had an abundance of kittens that needed homes, my fiancé Max didn’t waste any time heading to their location at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd in Novato. While we had discussed getting a kitten, I wasn’t quite ready for the responsibility of adding another fur baby to our home, as we already have a dog. But then I met Oliver, formerly known as Davis and one of twenty-five sweet furballs looking for a home, first through photos Max texted me and finally in person later that day. It was an easy process.
“You’ll love him,” said Max, after spending the obligatory hour bonding time, which included being put in a room with toys for Oliver to play with, and to see how he interacted with Max.
I’m motivated to share my story because last Monday, a white SUV pulled into the back of the MHS and two individuals unloaded duct taped cardboard boxes containing 24 black and white, or tuxedo, cats and kittens.
“After finding the cats and reviewing surveillance footage, our staff realized this was the same vehicle used to dump cats and kittens at the Marin Humane Society three previous times – all in the wee hours of the night,” says Nancy McKenny, CEO of the MHS.
This brings the total abandoned cats and kittens to 100. The MHS will never turn away an animal, but caring for these cats can be a financial strain.
“Each of these cats and kittens require medical care, spay/neuter surgery, behavioral evaluations, food and all of the other needs homeless animals have,” adds McKenny. “On average, this cost is about $500 per cat or kitten from arrival to adoption.”
If you’re looking to add another cat or kitten to your home, might I suggest “now” as a good time to do it. If adopting another animal isn’t feasible for your family right now, but you want to help these animals, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Marin Humane Society to help get these cats what they need.