Humane Society of Utah executive director dresses like a cat, sings to promote adoption campaign
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MURRAY, UT (Oct. 25, 2019) -- Nonprofit sets a goal to adopt 400 cats in four weeks in an adoption campaign to save lives
To draw attention to the overabundance of cats and kittens currently in shelters, Vaughn Maurice, executive director of the Humane Society of Utah, donned a cat onesie and sang a parody of John Denver’s Country Roads from the perspective of an adoptable shelter cat. Begging to “Take me home, adopt me now,” Maurice humorously portrays how stressful it is for a cat to be in a shelter waiting to be adopted. To ease the burden on Utah shelters that are struggling to handle thousands of homeless felines, the Humane Society of Utah has set an ambitious goal to find homes for 400 cats and kittens over the next four weeks. All adoption fees are being waived for felines from Oct. 20 through Nov. 16, 2019.
“The more cats that we can adopt out, the more we can transfer in from our partnering shelters,” said Maurice. “Our organization feels an urgency to save these cats and help other shelters do the same. We’ll do whatever it takes to promote adopting a cat right now, even something as embarrassing as singing in a cat costume.”
Since the adoption campaign began on Oct. 20, the Humane Society of Utah has adopted 95 felines in the first five days.
The Humane Society of Utah has transferred from other shelters that are also working hard to save the lives of the cats in their care. Shelters in Salt Lake County, Davis County, Uintah County, Grantsville City, and West Valley City transferred in the first week. “This effort isn’t’ ours alone we appreciate the network of shelters working together to address this cat crisis,” said Maurice.
Most shelters struggle to handle the thousands of cats and kittens they receive during the warmer months each year. This season has seen an increase in cat and kitten intake to shelters across the state. The Humane Society of Utah believes it may be a combination of warm weather, a lack of spay/neuter resources, and cities and counties not providing enough support for community cat programs and animal control services.
“Spaying and neutering your pet is the most important thing a pet owner can do to prevent unwanted animals from entering shelters,” said Maurice.
To view all adoptable cats and kittens, visit UtahHumane.org/adopt and visit the Humane Society of Utah adoption center located at 4242 S. 300 W. in Murray, Utah between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.