Pet store helps animals find forever homes for the holidays

Monongalia and Preston

A pet store in Morgantown held a special adoption event on Sunday.

Non-profit organizations are teaming up to give kittens a home this holiday season. 

The Exotic Jungle regularly hosts these cat adoption events. 

The Davis Crew Kittens, Hope for Paws, and Appalachian Peace Paws Rescue were working together for the event. 

“We’re just women that know that the cats need help and we do what we can, vaccinate them, spay and neuter, and find them new homes,” said Loretta Davis with Davis Crew Kittens.

Volunteers take care of the animals before they are put up for adoption. 

“All of the animals that we bring to our adoption events are incredibly friendly, loving. We all foster in our own homes, so we know that every cat is used to being around people, is used to being in a house. They are all rescued from various places in the community,” said Lauren Martin, President of Appalachian Peace Paws Rescue.  

Thirty cats are currently up for adoption. All kittens are vaccinated, have had worm and flea treatments, and are litter box trained.

“When you adopt a cat from us, you are saving a life. Literally. These cats would be euthanized at a kill shelter or they would die on the street. Some of them were born to feral moms outside and might freeze in the winter without our intervention,” said Martin. 

Raven Kennedy and Chase Nicholson didn’t have the intention of adopting a cat when they visited the pet store to pick up some essentials for their current pet, but one of the animals caught their eye. 

“We just saw her and really bonded with her and we figured we would take her home,” said Raven Kennedy.  

The adoption event will also be held on Sunday December 10th from 11 am to 4. 

“We’re really happy to be able to take her home and it will be like another member of the family. So we’re really excited,” said Kennedy. 

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