PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Get FREE CATS at SIX Locations Throughout Santa Barbara County During the 9th Annual FREE CAT ADOPTION WEEKEND

In a community-wide collaborative effort to find homes for adult cats in Santa Barbara County, FREE CATS will be available at SIX locations throughout Santa Barbara during the 8th annual free adoption weekend August 17 – 18.

For the free adoption weekend, ASAP will be joined by the Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ other two shelters, in Lompoc and Santa Maria, as well as the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara Humane Societies. This will provide potential adopters with SIX different shelters from which to choose a new feline companion for FREE!

This year’s theme plays off the popular Tinder app, which sparks interest and ‘liking’ individuals you want to meet. So, if you are looking to spark a new feline connection you’ve come to the right place; with six shelters offering free adult cats, adopters will have over a hundred feline varieties to choose from! Indeed, there is sure to be a cat to fit every personality and home! And if an adopter just can’t resist the petite sizes, ASAP will also offer kittens at the discounted price of two-for-one!

The special adoption weekend will be held Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, and waives the regular adoption fee (typically around $75) and offers adult cats to qualified adopters – absolutely FREE, except for a lifetime commitment to provide love and care to a healthy, adoptable shelter cat. Potential adopters must still complete an application and be screened, and will benefit from the fee-waived promotion and the support of six shelters geared to help with a smooth transition to new cat ownership.

Launched by ASAP in 2010 the annual free adoption weekend reaches out to the community with the excitement of an innovative media campaign, resulting in a surge of adoptions. Each year since its inception, some 75 – 85 cats have found new homes in a single weekend, resulting in over 600 adoptions total! This is particularly important in late summer, when cat populations in shelters traditionally peak, as kittens fill shelter cages and adult cats can often get overlooked. All of the participating shelters look to the free weekend to adopt long term residents and help open up spaces for new cats in need of rescue. With cats and kittens still arriving daily at shelters, the need to find adoptive homes is critical!!

Participating shelter locations, Free Adoption Event hours and contact information are below

5473 Overpass Road, Goleta, 805-683-3368
Saturday, August 18, 10 AM – 4 PM and Sunday, August 19, 12 Noon – 3 PM

Lompoc Animal Shelter
Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter, Lompoc, 1501 W. Central Ave, Lompoc, 805-737-7755
Saturday, August 18, 10 AM – 4 PM

Santa Barbara Humane Society
5399 Overpass Road, Goleta, 805-964-4777
Saturday, August 18, 10 AM – 5 PM

Santa Maria Animal Center
(Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter, Santa Maria) 548 W. Foster Rd, Santa Maria, 805-934-6119
Saturday, August 18, 10 AM – 4 PM

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society
1687 W. Stowell Road, Santa Maria, 805-349-3435
Saturday, August 18, 11 AM – 6 PM

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society
111 Commerce St. Buellton, 805-688-8224
Saturday, August 18, 10am-4pm

For information, please call 805-364-1518 or email; for information about each
participating shelter, please call the number associated with that shelter.

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