It’s the holidays, and what better gift to give anyone who loves animals than a homeless cat?
If you’ve been thinking about adding an adorable kitten to your household for Christmas, then the Benton Franklin Humane Society has the perfect event for you to shop around. It’s called Black Cat Friday Adoptathon — the society’s facility in Kennewick will stay open for 24 hours.
Starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 and finishing up at 10 a.m. Dec. 6, anyone can drop by the humane society — even if it’s 3 a.m. — and hang with about three dozen cats and kittens and hopefully find one to adopt for a reduced price.
“It’ll be raining cats on Friday — cute, fuzzy, adorable cats galore,” said Elaine Allison, operations manager for the humane society. “If we could send all these animals home with someone for Christmas, that would be awesome and the best Christmas present ever.”
Allison is experienced with Adoptathons, helping coordinate them at animal shelters she worked at in New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.
“In D.C., we held one of these adoptathons and emptied out the shelter,” she said. “A bartender came by after his shift around 3 a.m. and purchased one of the homeless cats.”
She hopes the reduced rate is an added incentive for anyone looking for a loveable animal to add to his or her household. Adult cats will go for $10 and kittens $50. The normal fee is $25 for adults and $100 for kittens.
“That is a fabulous price because you must remember that all these animals have been inoculated, tested for feline leukemia, altered and micro-chipped,” Allison said.
And though the event might be called the Black Cat Friday Adoptathon — since there are plenty of black furry critters to choose from at the shelter — a cat of any other color is still adoptable, too.
Visitors can watch Curtis, Gavin, Diva, Henry, Katniss or Tommy wrestle, chase ribbons, scale cat trees and romp in their playroom. All the kittens are less than a year old and full of energy and playfulness. If you’re looking for a good mouser, then Curtis the orange tiger would be an excellent choice for adoption, Allison said.
Visitors can take part in various contests with the volunteers manning the event wearing their pajamas. And you could win a prize if you wear your pajamas to the shelter.
“I’m sure we will all get sillier as the night wears on,” Allison joked. “I have such a great staff because every one of them are volunteering their time to this 24-hour event.”
Allison welcomes all motives, whether you’re looking for a cat to adopt or just want to drop by and play with the kittens for while.
“These animals love attention, so if playing with the cats is all visitors want to do then that’s OK, too,” she said.
The shelter is always open to donations of bleach, laundry detergent, Sharpie pens, dry erase pens, liquid dish soap, dishwasher soap, paper towels, cat and dog food, kitty litter, blankets or cat toys.
Following the adoptathon, the humane society will hold its holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 with a potluck and more fun with cats and dogs.
More information about the humane society is available at http://www.bfhs.com. The agency is located at 1736 E. Seventh Ave, Kennewick.