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HART for Animals Pledges to Help Save One Million Cats

Paula Yudelevit

The HART Animal Center is joining animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It's part of a joint campaign of the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

The Million Cat Challenge is based on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

HART is kicking off the challenge with their “National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” promotion.  During the month of June, HART is offering cat adoptions (6 months and older) for a fee of $25. The normal fee is $85. The $25 fee includes spay/neuter, vaccines, micro-chip, and FIV-test. 

"The shelters who have taken the Challenge are leading the way in finding and implementing new approaches to saving cats' lives," said Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the UC Davis program.

“The new HART Adoption Wing holds up-to 40 cats and multiple litters of kittens, which greatly helps reduce the population at the Garrett County shelter,” says Caroline Robison, adoption wing and rescue manager. “Our goal is to save the lives of 574 cats as part of the Million Cat initiative.”

The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. Drs. Levy and Hurley are available for interviews. For more information, visit http://www.millioncatchallenge.org/.