40 cats available to meet or even take home at an adoption event

This weekend’s animal adoption event in Aurora will bring about 40 cats to meet potential pet parents and possibly go home.

The event on Sunday, September 25 is by Michelle’s Kitten Rescue, a greater Toronto-based animal rescue organization that has been caring for and finding homes for forever cats since 2017. It was founded by Michelle Lee and is run by volunteers.

One of those volunteers is Newmarket resident Alexis Jada, who has taken on the role of organizing events such as the Upcoming Adoption Event for the Rescue.

“It’s a rescue operation, so we don’t have a brick-and-mortar place,” Jada said.

Cats stay in foster homes around the area until they are old enough to be fixed up or while they are waiting to be placed with a permanent family.

“At the moment we have over 100 cats and kittens that are being rescued by their care right now,” Jada said. “So we have a lot, it’s been a very busy year and there are only kittens everywhere.”

She said 40 of those cats will be at the event on Sunday, in two different shifts. The first group will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second from 2 to 4 p.m., all adoptable.

Lee and some other volunteers will be on hand to receive adoption applications immediately, conduct reference checks on adopters, and if all goes smoothly, some people may come home from the event with a new pet.

For anyone willing to take that step and embrace it, “the most important thing is to make sure you have the references you provide,” Jada said.

If the team is able to get to your references and make sure you’re a good match, then you can head out and collect the supplies you need like a cat carrier, go home and pick up your new furry friend.

Although there will be 40 cats for adopters to meet, Jada said it’s possible someone won’t make contact with one of them but is still looking for a new pet. This is where she said Lee’s knowledge of all the cats in her rescue care comes in.

“Michelle, she’s amazing,” she said. “She knows every cat inside her head.” “If someone has a cat feeling that ‘hello, might be a good match,’ they might make a suggestion, and might share photos and a bio with them for their consideration.”

The Sunday event offers more than just animal adoption. It’s also a vendor’s market, featuring pet-related vendors, a tea vendor, a baker, and the Pet Valu franchisee who will have a stall.

It will also serve as a donation site for cat food and litter, helping foster volunteers at Kitten Rescue in Michelle.

The adoption event takes place at the Salvation Army’s Northridge Community Church in central York, on Leslie Street in Aurora from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 25.

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