As many people struggle to put food on the table, pets are often the losers when families must choose which mouths to feed – their cats’ or their own.
More than 3 million cats and kittens end up in shelters each year, according to the ASPCA, and even more cats are at risk this year due to the economic downturn.
In an effort to keep pets in their homes, the Nashville Humane Association has teamed with the ASPCA and the makers of two top pet products to offer a food bank of sorts for owners in need.
On Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. cat owners can visit the Nashville Humane Association, 213 Oceola Ave., and receive a free Cat Assistance Kit.
Kits will include a litter pan, litter scoop and cat toys along with free-product coupons for Fresh Step litter and 9Lives cat food. There is a limit of one kit per household, while supplies last.
Cat owners will need to provide proof of need by showing a valid Tennessee driver’s license or other legal form of identification, proof of low-income status, and proof the animal has been spayed or neutered (if the cat has not been spayed or neutered, they will be given a coupon for this service).
The ASPCA Cat Assistance Program is a nationwide effort that will give thousands of cat owners nationwide coupons for up to 140,000 pounds of free Fresh Step litter and up to 31,500 pounds of free 9Lives cat food.
The kits are being provided by the ASPCA and the makers of Fresh Step and 9Lives.