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Adopt a Cat, See EN VOGUE with the PSO

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Leroy; you know his name means "the king", don't you?

Not only is it Adopt-a-Cat Month but it’s also kitten season. The Western PA Humane Society is doing its best to keep cats moving and has a number of adoption deals on adult cats and kittens—but even better a local foundation is offering an incentive to everyone who adopts during the month of June.

Kitten Season?

With summertime comes a baby boom. It is commonly called “kitten season,” and it means a population explosion that crowds the shelters around the United States and at the Western PA Humane Society. Continual overcrowding of cats and kittens at the Western PA Humane Society North Shore Shelter and Fallen Timber location in Elizabeth will result in significant discounts for adopters on cats and kittens at the shelters until the cage space issues are alleviated.

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“We are close to capacity and cats and kittens are still coming in,” says Donna Bucek, Director of Animal Services at the Western PA Humane Society.  “Adopting all healthy adoptable felines is our goal we NEED to find foster and adoptive homes for these animals as quickly as possible to ensure that we have room for the new homeless pets coming in daily.  Since May 1 we have been averaging 24 felines (cats and kittens) surrendered to the WPA Humane Society EVERY day.

Here’s the deal to qualified adopters:

  • $10 Senior 7 years or older
  • $15 Adult  1 year to 6 years
  • $30 6 months to 11 months

When you adopt a WPHS Pre-loved Cat your new best friend will have:

  • Received excellent Veterinary & wellness care
  • Been Spayed or Neutered
  • Feline Leukemia tested
  • Vaccinated
  • Microchipped

You will also receive:

  • Complimentary Life Saver Membership for 1 year from the date of adoption
  • A Cat Box and blanket to help your new best friend adjust to their fur-ever home
  • A Personal Web Page for your new best friend!
  • 5% clinic discount
  • 10% store discount

Visit the adoption page to see who’s available!

orange and white cat
Pumpkin, just right for curling up on a cool autumn evening, or any time!

Here’s the rest of the deal…

Representatives of a local foundation heard about the overcapacity at the Western PA Humane Society and gave the shelter a gift of EN VOGUE/PSO Community Partners Tickets to help encourage adoptions.  Every person that adopts a kitten or a cat will be given two tickets to attend the Pittsburgh Symphony Concert June 29, 2012 at 7:30pm while supplies last. 

Interested in adopting?

For anyone willing to adopt, please talk with one of our adoption counselors about adding a beautiful new feline companion to the family. When you find the right pet for you and your family, an adoption counselor will assist you in completing the proper paperwork. This process includes signing an adoption contract, reviewing medical history (provided by WPHS) and providing proper pet care information. This process takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

What you will need in order to adopt:

  • A valid PA state ID with your current address.
  • If you rent, a copy of the lease stating they permit pets at the residence. Your landlord’s name and phone number should be listed on the lease.
  • All members of the household should meet the animal before adopting. All members under the age of 10 are required to meet the animal.
  • If you are interested in adopting a dog and have other dog(s) living in your household, it is required that all dogs meet each other at the shelter.
  • Certain animals require a completed application and a pre-adoption home visit.
  • Adoption fee is accepted in cash or credit/debit card. Checks, American Express and Discover are not accepted as payment.
  • All adopters must be 21 years of age or older.

No holds will be accepted over the phone – everyone must have had interaction with the animal.

Can’t adopt, but CAN foster?

If someone is willing to open their home temporarily as a foster home please contact the shelter at 412.321.4625×221 or on the website at

western pennsylvania humane society logoWPHS, Serving Pittsburgh for 138 years

The Western PA Humane Society is one of the oldest Humane Society’s in the United States, serving Pittsburgh for 138 years.  The Western PA Humane Society is an “open door” shelter, meaning that they take all animals into their facility without a waiting list or a required fee (although the shelter does ask for a donation when animals are being released to their care.)  Last year the Western PA Humane Society took in almost 13,000 unwanted animals.  For more information on Open Door Shelters please visit

Shelters are located at 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625, and 1680 Fallen Timber Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-751-2010. Visit the WPHS website at For more information on Open Door Shelters please visit

All images for this article were provided by the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Gifts from me to you when you ADOPT!

sample gift certificate for portraits of animals
Sample gift certificate for Portraits of Animals

Not only that, but I’m rewarding adoptions too!

Kittens or adult cats

Adopt two kittens or one adult cat and you’ll get a $10.00 gift certificate for my Etsy shop.

A special for senior cats

Adopt a senior cat, at least 12 years of age, and get a $25.00 gift certificate for my Etsy shop in honor of Peaches, the kitty who came into my life when she was 15 years old and spent five wonderful years with me, inspiring many paintings and photos.

And a special gift for black cat adoptions!

Adopt a black cat of any age and get a $25.00 gift certificate for my Etsy shop and a special gift featuring my family of five black cats!

Simply e-mail or fax (412-249-8500) me a copy of your adoption papers and I’ll mail or e-mail off a certificate to you to start shopping. If you’d prefer to mail me a copy, e-mail me for my mailing address.

And don’t forget to share your stories!

Nominate The Creative Cat for an award and help to win $1,000 cash for the Homeless Cat Management Team
and $10,000 for the shelter or rescue of your choice!

Nominate once daily, each day from now until June 29.
Click here or on the logo below to go to Dogtime’s Petties 2012.

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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.


From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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