ENID, Okla. — Enid's newest rescue aimed at helping cats will hold an adoption event 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Petsense Enid, 3410 W. Garriott.

Meows Inc. founder Rhema Abercrombie said she was able to find a property zoned for a shelter, obtain her 501(c)3 status and begin rescuing cats and kittens from local shelters.

"I’ve always wanted to open up a cat rescue," Abercrombie said. "There is a big need, so I was like this is the time."

She said since volunteering with other pet-centric organizations in Enid she wanted to do something to help cats, who often are harder to place in homes.

"We have had probably around 200 cats since November and I still have some of them," she said. "We've been at Petsense since then and we've gotten a lot of them adopted."

Abercrombie said she felt like helping cats would have an impact on the population if she could begin getting more of them spayed or neutered.

"I have a close connection with cats. I love them, but I am an animal lover. I have two dogs, too," she said. "I think there is more of a need. That’s why I became a cat-only rescue. Overpopulation, and a bunch of cats getting sick on the streets, I felt like they needed more help.

"There’re cats people dump that they shouldn’t dump because they’re used to being inside," she said. "But, then there are feral cats that just need to be fixed. That’s going to help in the long run."

Abercrombie ensures all cats are spayed or neutered, up to date on their shots and have been tested for leukemia. The adoption fee for kittens is $75 and $60 for adult cats.

"This month, the adoption fee is $45 because we have a lot of kittens," Abercrombie said. "It will be $45 at the event, too.

"We did get an overwhelming response during kitten season," she said. "We take as many as we can to get fixed to help with overpopulation."

She said there will be about 20 to 25 kittens and cats at the adoption event Saturday.

"We have lots of different colors," Abercrombie said. "We’ll have a good selection to choose from."

Abercrombie said Meows Inc. has donation boxes at Petsense and has an account under the Meows Inc. name at The Cat Clinic. Their needs include cat food, both dry and canned, kitty litter and flea and tick preventative.

"We’re always looking for food. We usually use Iams brand cat food. We used canned food, too, for the kittens. We also need topical flea and tick prevention," she said. "With all the cats with respiratory infections and eye infections, the vet bill at The Cat clinic is pretty outstanding."

Donations for the organization can be made at Petsense, The Cat Clinic or by visiting the organization's Facebook page under Meows Inc.

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