Adopt a cat program is getting under way

The Brookhaven Animal Rescue League is joining forces with national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society during a special promotion “9 Lives for $9” which highlights the many reasons cats will enrich the lives of the people who adopt them.

For nine days (June 14-22), any of BARL’s cats ages nine months and older can be adopted for only $9. BARL cats are vet checked, tested for diseases, vaccinated and spayed/neutered and available for adoption at the BARL Adoption Center or PetSense in Brookhaven.

“We have so many wonderful cats ready to go home with you. If you’ve had that nagging feeling ‘something’ was missing in your life, Best Friends has created a video on www.youtube.com titled “9 Lives for $9 – Best Friends Animal Society” highlighting nine reasons – from the whimsical to the serious that may help you realize that ‘something missing’ is a cat,” said Rusty Adcock, BARL board member.

Tami Simon, Best Friends’ network events supervisor for the No More Homeless Pets Network, said “Reducing adoption fees during last year’s promotion helped to increase cat adoption numbers, and some of our partners even reported increased adoptions for dogs and other species as well. The reduced adoption fees and the special event feel of the ‘9 Lives for 9 Dollars’ promotion encourages people to consider adopting rescued cats.”

Last year more than 2,100 rescued cats joined families across the country during this promotion. Reports back to Best Friends following last year’s “9 Lives for 9” adoption promotion proved that offering people a special reduced rate during a short set time period worked well.

Groups followed their same adoption procedures and qualifications and found that nearly nine out of 10 of people who applied to adopt a cat during this promotion were of the same quality or higher than at other adoption events.

For more information on the “9 Lives for $9” nationwide promotion visit: bestfriends.org/promo. For information on BARL’s participation in the “9 Lives for $9” visit: www.barl.net.

The Brookhaven Animal Rescue League is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets(r) Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society that offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

BARL is as a non-profit, limited admission, volunteer-based animal welfare group. The organization serves Copiah, Franklin and Lincoln counties. BARL provides food, shelter and veterinary services for abandoned and unwanted animals until they are adopted. All BARL animals are vet checked, vaccinated and spayed/neutered. Dogs are also micro-chipped.

Anyone interested in adopting, contributing or volunteering should contact BARL at 601-757-4367 or info@barl.net. Donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to BARL, P.O. Box 3477, Brookhaven, MS 39603.

Many of BARL’s adoptable animals may be viewed online at www.barl.net.