SPCA Celebrates ‘Saint Catrick’s’ Day

The Lycoming County SPCA is celebrating Saint Catrick’s Day with specials the entire week beginning March 11. In recognition of this improbable holiday, the Lycoming County SPCA decided to give adoption incentives for its felines awaiting homes.

Beginning March 11, the SPCA will have green, three-leaf clovers decorating its lobby window. Each clover will contain discounts or gifts for each cat adopted. On Saint Catrick’s day, March 16, all cats will be available for an adoption fee of the adopter’s choosing. A deposit of $30 is required if the cat chosen is not yet spayed or neutered. Each adoption includes a wonderful feline, initial shots, 30 days free health insurance, a microchip identification and registration, and spaying or neutering.

This is a holiday that is completely unique to animal shelters and is totally fictional. Its origins are unknown but it is thought that a shelter cat, walking across a keyboard, invented the day.

Each year the SPCA receives thousands of cats. Very few are identified by their owners and returned to their homes. In an effort to home stray and abandoned cats and kittens, the SPCA offers unique adoption opportunities for potential adopters.

“Cats have a reputation for being aloof,” Victoria Stryker, executive director of the SPCA, said. “But if you meet the right cat you will find that they are quite affectionate. I myself have always had dogs but I love the cat I have now. There is something very comforting about having a cat curled up next to you on the sofa and purring softly in your ear.”

Cats don’t require walks and enjoy playing. Many grow to be great mousers. Felines can be left home overnight or even for a weekend when provided adequate food and water. They are easily entertained by watching birds and squirrels from their perch on a windowsill. Cats are tidy and will use their litter box as long as it is cleaned regularly. If you have cold feet, cats make good foot warmers. Best of all, they are sweet and loving animals waiting for just the right person.

Anyone who has considered adopting a cat should visit the SPCA.