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A Plea to All Cat Lovers

April 15, 2011

Castro Valley Patch

Pet Food Express is urging customers and cat-lovers alike to consider fostering, adopting, or even making a donation to one of the thousands of kittens recently born because, chances are, they may be euthanized by summer otherwise.

Spring is in the air and that means a kitten boom in the Bay Area. But not all these cats will be lucky enough to have nine lives.

As summer approaches, tens of thousands of these kittens are likely to be euthanized because there will be too many for shelters to care for.

However, you can give at least one of these furry felines a chance, through adoption.

Throughout April and May, Pet Food Express in Walnut Creek is holding the Save A Kitten campaign, where the money and donated supplies collected will be distributed to Dusty Paws rescue in Castro Valley.

Dusty Paws Rescue Inc. is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving abandoned, neglected and/or abused animals by placing them into permanent, caring new homes.

The campaign is also an opportunity to learn more about fostering a kitten. Many are stray or feral and do not require 24-hour care by their "foster parents." However, other kittens that have been rescued or dropped off haven't been weaned yet and will need more intensive foster care.

Local shelters will supply medical care for fostered kittens. Once kittens are 8 weeks old, they can return to the shelter to be spayed or neutered, or even adopted.

Items that Pet Food Express customers purchase to donate to the kittens and cats will receive a 20 percent discount.

By Analisa Harangozo

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