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Two Hundred Cats’ Lives Saved at Adoption Center

March 26, 2011

Walnut Creek Patch

Cat overcrowding continues to be a problem in Walnut Creek, but with the help of Contra Costa Animal Services volunteer Sue Underwood, 200 cats have been saved from being euthanized.

The Cat Adoption Center at Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., had its 200th cat adoption on March 22.

“For these adult cats, this is their last chance,” Underwood said about bringing cats from animal services to the store for adoptions. She added that the hours the cats are available for adoption at Pet FoodExpress are more than at the shelter, giving the cats a better chance at finding a forever home.

Contra Costa resident Donna Domingo adopted Lolita, a 10-month-old, long-haired Calico, to join her other kitten, Panda, a Siamese. The store presented her with a gift basket of items for Lolita, including a new litter box and catnip.

The center opened in August 2010, and has seen an average of 25 cats adopted each month, which Underwood said is higher than some of the other adoption centers she visits.

The Cat Adoption Center partners with Contra Costa Animal Services, which brings the adoptable cats to the store. “Most of the cats I take are running out of time,” Underwood said.

The Contra Costa residents who have adopted the cats really saved their lives.

The store will take part in the Save a Kitten campaign in April and May when more than 70,000 kittens will be born in and around the Bay Area.

Donations will be accepted at the store and essential kitten supplies will be discounted for those who want to donate them to Contra Costa Animal Care and Control and other Contra Costa animal rescues.

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