Six years after San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) opened its first-ever cat adoption center housed inside privately-owned Pet Food Express in San Francisco, Pet Food Express announces that the 900th kitty cat has been adopted.
The honor went to proud new cat mama Chae Eun Lee and Miss Arya, a beautiful, shy 5-year-old torby (a mix of a tabby and a torty).
“I’m so happy and lucky to find her,” says Chae Eun. “And what a lovely surprise to get this gift bag!”
Pet Food Express Community Outreach provided a scratching post, bed, treats, toys, litter scoop and more to mark the occasion.
The Cat Adoption Center, which opened in August 2011, strives to find homes for San Francisco’s increasing number of cats put up for adoption. The Market Street Pet Food Express outlet is the company’s highest-traffic location in the Bay Area, making it a desirable way to unite people and animals.
Michael Levy, president and founder of Pet Food Express, got the idea to have an adoption center in the store after serving on the board of the Oakland SPCA and discovering how difficult it was to get adoptees into the shelter.
“It became apparent that having kittens and cats in high-traffic retail locations greatly increased adoptions,” Levy said. “Pet Food Express’ state-of-the-art adoption centers provide increased exposure for the kittens and cats to thousands of potential adopters who may not otherwise visit the shelter. They also serve as education centers for people to learn about cat behavior and the care they will require.”
The Cat Adoption Center at Pet Food Express is located at 1975 Market Street in San Francisco.
Pet Food Express is also celebrating the adoption of its 1,500th cat from its Walnut Creek store, which has an adoption center in partnership with Contra Costa County Animal Services that opened about a year before the San Francisco location.