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By now it’s well-known science that owning a pet can help reduce blood pressure and abate loneliness. So it seems a no-brainer that, for health reasons, folks should take advantage of the upcoming free feline adoption weekend, August 12-13. Five area organizations are participating in the event, which they’ve deemed The Real Housecats of Santa Barbara.

• ASAP, 5473 Overpass Rd., Goleta, (805) 683-3368

• La Paws, 1501 W. Central Ave., Lompoc, (805) 737-7755

• Santa Maria Animal Center, 548 W. Foster Rd, Santa Maria, (805) 934-6119

• Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, 1687 W. Stowell Rd., Santa Maria, (805) 349-3435

• Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, 111 Commerce Dr., Buellton, (805) 688-8224

With more than 100 kitty-cats to choose from, there is bound to be a cat (or two) that suits your fancy. And you can’t beat the price, which is $0 (the usual fee is $75). If it’s kittens you’re looking for, they are available at a price of two for one. So check out a shelter near you, and add a furry friend to your family.

For shelter hours, call the number associated with the shelter above. For general information, call (805) 794-9574 or email


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