The ASPCA is open for pet adoptions seven days a week, but few days are as big as the one after Thanksgiving for the cats who live at the shelter, which the organization dubs "Cat Friday." NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
The cat seen above is Niko, who's swapping a shelter for the love of a family.
"A beautiful cat," said George Martinez, who adopted Niko. "It's a happy kitten, and he's got a new home."
Niko headed to the Bronx after getting adopted during the ASPCA's Cat Friday, an annual event that encourages New Yorkers to adopt homeless cats.
For George Martinez and his family, it was the place to be, especially after their beloved 10-year-old cat Sunny died this past Monday.
"There's a heart to heal in my house, which is from a cat that I have at home. His name is Marty," Martinez said.
The family said that Marty went into a funk following Sunny's death.
"We called the hotline. We spoke to the vet," Martinez said. "The vet said, 'Listen, these are things that they go through. You can adopt another cat and so forth.' So I convinced the wife that we should adopt another cat."
They were hardly alone, as dozens turned out for the one-day event that last year placed more than 30 cats in new homes. On a normal day, five to 10 get adopted at the ASPCA shelter.
"It's one of our bigger adoption days," said Lourdes Bravo, assistant director of adoptions with the ASPCA. "We have several adoption days that we do have a lot of traffic coming through, but this does tend to be one of the biggest days."
Those looking to adopt could get comfortable with the cats who currently call the East 92nd Street shelter home. Many, like Victoria Williams, didn't take long to fall in love.
"She's so gorgeous," Williams said. "She has, like, an alien head. She's perfect. I love her already."
NY1 didn't have any trouble making friends either.
ASPCA officials said that there's a lot prospective pet owners should know before trying to create a forever home.
"The commitment, understanding the daily care, the feeding, possibly walking if it's a dog, litter box, grooming, medical care," Bravo said. "Everything that goes in to owning a pet."
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