As we mentioned two weeks ago, pets are wonderful stress relievers in this uncertain time—and the ASPCA is waiving its cat and kitten adoption fees for its annual Cat Friday event.

"The holiday season can be a great time to welcome a new pet into your home," said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center. "This year, consider skipping the long lines at department stores and spend your Black Friday expanding your family with a new furry friend."

The ASPCA says all kittens and cats will also go home with a free collar and personalized identification tag, and adopters of cats over one year old will receive a free hard cat carrier while supplies last.

Cat Friday takes place Friday, November 25th, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the ASPCA Adoption Center, located at 424 E 92nd Street (between 1st and York Avenues) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some more info: adopters must be 21 years of age or older to adopt; adopters are required to provide a government issued photo ID and separate proof of current address; and cat adopters who already have a resident cat or dog, please leave them at home, as 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 writing our Cat Friday post (and attending the Kitten Graduation) last year, I decided it was time for a third cat. We adopted a kitten named Missy who was a runt:

Missy the tabby kitten and Katie

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We renamed her Claire, after Law & Order ADA Claire Kincaid, and now things are more like this:

What up

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