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'Strictly Seniors' Cat Adoption Event Gives Older Cats Second Chance

by Susan Richard

New York (CBSNewYork) An owner dies, goes into a nursing home, or gets evicted. A roommate is allergic, or someone has to move out of the country. There are many reasons why older animals end up at municipal shelters across the country, and sadly, elderly animals are at a higher risk of being euthanized.

On Sunday, May 4, The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals will host "Strictly Seniors", its first-ever adoption event for cats seven years and older.

1010 WINS' Susan Richard reports:


To bring attention to the hundreds of senior cats who need loving, forever homes, the Alliance is partnering with Frankie's Fund for Feline Care & Rescue, a rescue group founded in 2009 to focus exclusively on older cats, and Cauz for Pawz Thrift Store, which raises money for animal rescue.

Frankie's founder Bunny Hofberg says there's often a misconception among potential adopters that you can't bond with an animal unless you raise it from kittenhood or puppyhood. "I've have brought cats into my home that were 13 or 14 years old", Hofberg told 1010 WINS, "and you would never know that they weren't my cat."

She also says a major advantage to getting an older animal is that its personality is already established. "You know when you get that cat what it is. You don't have to hope that when it grows up it will become a lap cat or it will sleep with you. Whatever it is that you are looking for, you can find it in an adult cat."

l to r: Harriet, a 13-year-old Maine Coon who ended up at AC&C when her owner died. As sweet as she is beautiful. Milton, an adorable, 10-year-old Domestic Shorthair with an outgoing personality. Loves people and thrives on attention. (Photo credit: Frankie's Fund)

If you can't adopt right now, Frankie's Fund is also seeking more temporary foster homes. You're also welcome to bring thrift store donations to Cauz for Pawz.

The event will take place from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. outside Cauz for Pawz, which is located at 212 East 23rd Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues in Manhattan.

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