On the Road Again
A dreamy orange kitty named Cheddar arrived at the ASPCA in early August with a Good Samaritan who had found the two-year-old stray abandoned outside a Bronx apartment building. We all knew this feline looker wouldn’t be with us for long, but we couldn’t help but fall head-over-heels for her sunny disposition.
On August 25, Cheddar—now known as Daisy—was adopted by Todd Thurston and his family at an ASPCA Mobile Adoption event at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 50th Street in Manhattan. The Mobile Adoption program is designed to be an extension of our Adoption Center, and provides the same full-service care and attentiveness. Says Eileen Hanavan, ASPCA Manager of Mobile Adoption Events, “For those who may be hesitant to come to a shelter, or have difficulty traveling to one, we provide a solution and a great experience.”
The ASPCA’s 26-foot vehicle travels six days a week to New York City’s five boroughs, focusing its outreach in communities that may not have clear access to adoption opportunities. “We work with event partners—primarily pet-oriented or environmentally aware retail stores—that host us on an ongoing basis,” says Eileen. “Then we can build up our presence within the communities we visit, and the residents can come to expect and look forward to our events.” Potential adopters can spend time with a cat or kitten (and the occasional dog) and go home with their new furry friend the very same day. So far this year, the Mobile program has adopted out 191 animals to good homes.
Lucky for Daisy, at the end of her Mobile Adoption event, she didn’t need a ride back to the Adoption Center. She immediately bonded with her new family—according to Todd, “she settled right in and became a real member of the family from the very first day.” Her favorite activities include licking faces, especially in the morning to rouse her family from bed, and chasing her toy mouse around the house. Todd adds: “She absolutely MUST explore any open cabinet or closet—even the dishwasher!”
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