36 Tuxedo Cats Dropped Off At Marin Humane Society With Note Saying Family Lost Home

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By Karen Harrison Binette



Thirty-six black and white cats recently abandoned at Marin
Humane Society

Adoption fees for black and white felines reduced by fifty percent through
December 31

(NOVATO, CALIF., December 11, 2012) — The Marin Humane Society (MHS) has reduced adoption fees for black and white felines by fifty percent through December 31. The promotion comes on the heels of the abandonment of thirty-six black and white cats by an anonymous party. Prior to that, the Society already had more than a dozen black and white cats in need of homes.

At approximately 5:15 a.m. on the morning of November 25, an anonymous party drove up to the MHS after-hours receiving gate and left 14 boxes containing 24 cats. An accompanying note stated that the cats’ guardians no longer had a place to live. Security camera footage shows the same car at the Society’s receiving gate at 3:45 a.m. on December 4 when an additional 12 cats were abandoned. The cats range in age from three months to two years old.

“With the recent abandonment of these thirty-six cats, we anticipate that dozens of black and white felines will be available for adoption by the end of this week alone,” says Keri Fennell, director of customer services. “By temporarily reducing fees, we hope to entice more families to adopt and free up room in our shelter for other animals in need.”



Among the many black and white cats currently available for adoption at MHS are Brandon, an attention-seeking two-year-old; Venti, a shy but curious three-year-old; and Clarke, a lively four month-old kitten. Currently, sixty percent of adoptable cats and kittens at MHS are black and/or white, and that percentage is expected to increase over the coming days. On average, the Society has 30 to 40 cats and kittens available for adoption at one time and adopts out nearly 1,000 felines every year.

The reduced adoption fees are applicable to cats and kittens with all black and all white fur, and a combination of black and white fur. Fees are $50 for cats five months and older and $62 for kittens less than five months of age.

Adds Fennell, “while vaccinating, microchipping, spaying and neutering, and medically and behaviorally evaluating an additional thirty-six cats on top of our normal shelter population is no easy task, we are certainly grateful that the anonymous party chose to surrender their cats to MHS where they will be well-cared for until they find new, loving homes.”

The Marin Humane Society Adoption Center (171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato) is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 415.506.6225 or visit MarinHumaneSociety.org. For those who would like to help MHS care for animals in need, financial contributions can be made online, by calling 415.506.6259, or by mailing a check to: Marin Humane Society (c/o Development Department), 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, 94949.


The Marin Humane Society offers refuge, rehabilitation, and support services to more than 10,000 domestic animals and wildlife each year through a myriad of community services, including adoptions, foster care, behavior and training, humane education, pet assistance for people in need, lost-and-found pet services, and more. MHS is a local, independent organization and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization. In addition to our role as non-profit animal shelter, MHS is responsible for upholding county and municipal animal services ordinances through a Joint Powers Agreement contract with the County of Marin. Visit MarinHumaneSociety.org.


Clarke                     Photos by Kristin Herrera.



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