LAWS seeks homes for ‘special’ cats
by Jaclyn Witherly
Lakefield Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) had a special cat adoption event from Thursday, October 24 to Saturday October 26.
They advertised it as, “Special cats, with special needs at a special price.” The idea was to showcase some of the older cats, or cats with minor disabilities which aren’t as likely to get adopted.
“We need to showcase these cats, they are overlooked when people come in because they want the cute kitten, or they want the one-year old that comes out and is affectionate,” explained Toni Redfern an employee at LAWS, “There are so many that will be a great pet once you gain their trust.”
Since LAWS is a no-kill shelter they have pages and pages of cats on their waiting list. Most are discovered through phone calls from those who have found a stray or abandoned cat.
LAWS has around 150 cats currently and 30 have special needs. They classify special needs as a cat which is older, extremely shy, has lost some eyesight or has an injury it won’t fully recover from, any cat that will wait a long time to get adopted.
Redfern said her goal for the weekend was to get four cats with special needs adopted; she had already reached that by Friday afternoon and was very pleased. The special needs cats are $75 instead of the usual $150.
“As of today we’ve rescued 503 cats this year, and we’ve adopted 320. That’s amazing, and that’s just for 2013. We’re doing a lot of adoptions and going in the right direction,” Redfern expressed. “If we can showcase these special cats, then it frees up cages for me to call off the waiting list.”
She said they receive calls from Peterborough, Apsley, Cobourg and as far as Oshawa.
LAWS is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“If people can come in we would gladly spend as much time with them as they want and answer any questions they have. There’s no pressure and they might meet somebody that is perfect for their family,” Redfern said.
The special price will continue for the special needs cats; there are dozens just waiting for their perfect home.
“We’ve had amazing support from the community, The Herald has been extremely supportive, and everyone in the area,” Redfern said. “We are very thankful for it because we don’t have funding, we run strictly on donations and without that we wouldn’t survive.”
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