The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 17, 2014

Cats on display: PetSmart to help adopt out SPCA felines

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid SPCA on Thursday took eight cats to Enid’s new PetSmart to be seen by potential adoptive families.

The store will have a permanent display of adoptive cats, thanks to the SPCA becoming a PetSmart Adoption Partner. Eight kennels always will be available.

Vicki Grantz, executive director of Enid SPCA, said it’s hoped this will increase the number of cats SPCA places in homes.

Right now the SPCA adopts out about 10-15 cats per month.

“I think this is going to be really great because it will increase their exposure,” Grantz said. “We are hoping this will be a huge change.”

When there are litters of kittens, or when cats get along exceptionally well, the number of cats on display at PetSmart might be higher, Grantz said.

Aaron Bennett, manager of PetSmart, said adoption events, when dogs will be at the store seeking families, will happen from time to time.

Usually adoption outreaches will be about once a month, Bennett said.

Another partnership between PetSmart Charities and Enid SPCA helps defray adoption costs. The MPACT program, funded by a grant from PetSmart Charities, includes rabies vaccination if needed and spay or neuter services for pets.

The cost of the procedure is $15. Surgeries are performed by six local veterinarians, Grantz said. The program is for pet owners living in the 73701 and 73703 ZIP codes.

For information about pet adoption, call the SPCA at (580) 233-1325.

PetSmart will have its official grand opening today in the Enid Crossing shopping center at Garriott and Oakwood. The store is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.