Humane Association hosts food bank for cats

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 2:30am
Staff reports

As many people struggle to put food on the table, pets are often the losers when families must choose which mouths to feed – their cats’ or their own.

More than 3 million cats and kittens end up in shelters each year, according to the ASPCA, and even more cats are at risk this year due to the economic downturn.

In an effort to keep pets in their homes, the Nashville Humane Association has teamed with the ASPCA and the makers of two top pet products to offer a food bank of sorts for owners in need.

On Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. cat owners can visit the Nashville Humane Association, 213 Oceola Ave., and receive a free Cat Assistance Kit.

Kits will include a litter pan, litter scoop and cat toys along with free-product coupons for Fresh Step litter and 9Lives cat food. There is a limit of one kit per household, while supplies last.

Cat owners will need to provide proof of need by showing a valid Tennessee driver’s license or other legal form of identification, proof of low-income status, and proof the animal has been spayed or neutered (if the cat has not been spayed or neutered, they will be given a coupon for this service).

The ASPCA Cat Assistance Program is a nationwide effort that will give thousands of cat owners nationwide coupons for up to 140,000 pounds of free Fresh Step litter and up to 31,500 pounds of free 9Lives cat food.

The kits are being provided by the ASPCA and the makers of Fresh Step and 9Lives.

5 Comments on this post:

By: nashvillebelle on 10/28/09 at 10:54

This is a wonderful service and I hope many cat owners can participate. However, Nov. 11 is actually on a Wednesday. Please check and verify the correct date of the event. thanks!!

By: idgaf on 10/28/09 at 12:13

Good program but rather humiliating proving "low incomer status".

By: Nash19 on 10/28/09 at 1:43

How do you prove low income status?
It is sad to see animals in shelters because selfish dummies won't spay and neuter their pets. I heard a guy say he wanted his kids to witness the miracle of birth. In this day and age you can ask a farmer if the kids can watch the miracle of birth or better yet rent a video.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/28/09 at 3:02

some idiots refuse to spay and neuter. i had someone tell me it was "god's will" that their pet not be spayed or neutered.

By: Hollowhead on 10/28/09 at 4:07

November 11 is a Wensday, not Saturday. So which is it the 14th or 11th?