Sometimes it’s hard for rescue organizations to find homes for cats, but it’s even more difficult to find a home for a cat with a special need.
Two local groups are hoping to change that with the first-ever Paws with Flaws cat adoption from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 7001 Northwest Expressway.
The event is the combined effort of The Cat Coalition of Edmond and Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma.
“We rescue pets from both individuals and shelters,” said Mary Kramolowsky of Pet Adoption and Welfare Service of Oklahoma. “Sometimes they come with issues that a lot of shelters would euthanize them for. They do that because they have a big environment so we understand, but we wanted to do something that would focus solely on getting those cats adopted to good homes.”
There will be about a dozen cats available for adoption. One is blind, one has a collapsed lung and several more have food allergies. Another has tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus.
But those limitations don’t mean they can’t live normal lives. FIV is only transmittable to other cats, so they would be required to be indoor-only cats. The same would apply to cats who are blind.
“The key is finding an adopter who is fully educated and accepting of the limitations of their cat,” said Mary Doris, president of the Cat Coalition of Edmond. “These cats are loving and affectionate. They just need a chance.”
Kramolowsky said the adoption event is a good chance for those who are interested in adoption to meet the cats in person.
“Most rescues focus on getting pets adopted through the Internet, but people want to put their hands on animals, especially those who have special needs,” she said.
All the cats at the event are fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and many of them are also microchipped. For more information on the event see www.pawsok.com or contact PAWS-OK at 204-3964, CCCE at 429-2287.