Adult cats in need of rescue are just $9 this month at the animal shelter.

To increase adult cat pet adoptions and reduce the number of cats euthanized, Long Beach Animal Care Services is participating through Aug. 31 in the Found Animals Foundation’s 9 Lives for $9 event.

“Long Beach, like many other areas, sees too many stray cats at our animal care center,” Mayor Bob Foster said in a release. “My wife Nancy and I adopted our cat Noah from Animal Care Services a few years ago when he was a young adult. I know from first-hand experience that adopting a cat through our Animal Care Services not only helps an animal in need of a home but it can lead to a great addition to your family.”

The Found Animals Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to animal welfare issues, has organized 9 Lives for $9 so that any cat older than 9 months can be adopted for just $9 at Long Beach Animal Care Services and 18 other area shelters. The $9 adoption fee for adult cats includes an examination by a veterinarian, FeLV and FIV testing, spay or neuter, microchip and vaccinations.

“Many people who visit our shelter are looking to adopt a kitten,” Ted Stevens, acting manager of Animal Care Services, said in a release. “Adult cats, however, may be a better adoption option. They do well with the elderly and people who work long days or have young children. Most adult cats are already litter box trained and know to use scratching posts instead of your furniture or drapes. Also, if you already have an older cat in your home and are looking for a friend, another adult cat may be the best option.”

In 2011, the Found Animals Foundation was instrumental in finding homes for nearly 4,000 cats, according to a release. The 2012, 9 Lives for $9 event has been targeted to save adult cats, which currently have the highest kill rate at all shelter animals.

For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/acs or call 570-PETS.

—Ashleigh Ruhl

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