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Friendly felines looking for a home

SOUTH BURLINGTON The Human Society of Chittenden County (HSCC) is currently housing more than 130 cats and is asking the public to help ease the burden of providing a safe, com-fortable home for the rising number of felines awaiting adoption.

According to De-Vida Johnson, community relations director for the HSCC, the South Burlington facility is in need of supplies to help care for their growing population of cats. The HSCC is an open admission facility and does not set a time limit on how long animals remain in its adoption program.

"We don't turn animals away if they need our help," said Johnson. "The animals can stay as long as is necessary for us to place them with a family."

The facility currently uses about 1,000 pounds of cat litter per week, and goes through hundreds of pounds of wet and dry cat food in that time as well. Numerous cats and dogs require special medical attention and must also be spayed or neutered. In addition to asking the public for donations to help defer the costs of caring for the animals, Johnson is also encouraging families to visit the humane society when they begin thinking about bringing an animal into their lives.

"We have over 130 cats in this building," said Johnson. "We have some young kittens, but our cats range in age from very young to at least 10 years old."

Johnson said that there are many benefits to adopting an older cat as opposed to just looking for kittens. For example, older cats have established personalities and are often well-trained from day one. These factors make it easier to place these cats with just the right family.

"Kittens are cute, but older cats can bring a lot into your life," added Johnson. "When trying to determine whether or not a cat is a good fit, an older cat can be easier."

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