It's Black Friday, but who needs clothes and a bigger TV when you could simply bring an adorable cat or kitten home furever (and finally find New Yorker cartoons more relatable)? Today, the ASPCA is celebrating its 8th Annual Cat Friday adoption event with a "Name Your Own Adoption Fee" for its available felines.
The ASPCA's Adoption Center on the Upper East Side will open at 11 a.m., and, after being screened and meeting the cats and kittens, interested adopters can decide how much they would like to offer for the adoption fee. All cats and kittens are spayed and neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped, and will go home with a free collar and personalized identification tag.
"This holiday season make adoption your first option and celebrate 'Cat Friday' with us at the ASPCA Adoption Center," says Rena F Lafaille, Director of Administration at the ASPCA Adoption Center."Skip the usual hustle and bustle of Black Friday and find your new companion to cuddle up with all winter long and beyond. Give the gift of a loving home this year to a kitten or cat in need."
This is Hip, a one-year-old male. He is excellent at taking photographs in bespoke boxes. (ASPCA)
The ASPCA's Adoption Center, at 424 East 92nd Street (between 1st and York Avenues) is open for Cat Friday at 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. All potential adopters should bring one government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) and proof of address; they must also be 18 years or older. Also, if you already have a pet, don't bring it to the adoption center because the ASPCA cannot perform any cat adoptions with resident pets present.
Note to anyone going: Be very patient, because there are many people who are also interested in adopting cats and kittens and the staff is working as hard as they can! Bring a book, listen to some music, or peruse the finest cat videos on your phone.
Disclosure: After I wrote about ASPCA's Cat Friday in 2015, I decided my family needed a third cat. My daughter and I came back with a kitten, who we (I) named Claire after Law & Order Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid. We were told she was the runt of the litter by the ASPCA volunteer who had been fostering her.
Since then, we have realized Claire is a ninja because she furtively surveys the apartment from the tops of cabinets—and then pops her head out to keep us on our toes—and also knows how to boop my nose. She is most definitely not a runt anymore (almost 13 pounds!):