Cats free to great homes

Placer SPCA working to make room for record number of felines
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Bold and purring or timid and quiet, everyone who loves cats know they all have unique personalities. At the Placer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, though, there are currently just too many. In order to help relieve the crisis caused by a booming kitten season, the Placer SPCA is offering all adult cats (one year or older) for free until further notice. The Placer SPCA currently has 368 cats and kittens in its care, including about 175 kittens being cared for by volunteers who provide foster homes until they are old enough to be adopted, generally eight to 10 weeks. “Many, many kittens will be coming back in very soon,” said Placer SPCA CEO Leilani Vierra in a news release. “We’re just not sure where we are going to put them.” The goal of the Free to Great Homes promotion is to allow adult cats, often overlooked in favor of kittens, to find forever homes and make space for kittens on the adoption floor. Adult cats can often be a better option for those seeking a mellow companion already trained to use a litter box. All cats adopted from the Placer SPCA have been spayed or neutered, examined by a veterinarian, received vaccinations, and are microchipped. For those who cannot adopt but want to help, the Placer SPCA is seeking donations of cat food, kitten food and cat litter.  “When we waive the adoption fees, we help cats go home sooner, but we also lose needed funding,” Vierra said. “Donations help us stretch our dollars so that we can continue to offer our programs and services for the animals of Placer County.” For more information or to offer support, call 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387 or visit