Cat adoption event slated for Saturday

ELKINS – Those looking for the “purr-fect” addition to their home this holiday season might want to attend the Randolph County Humane Society’s event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Big Lots.

The event will feature adoptable cats on site, and is part of a long-range plan that strives to lower the number of homeless and stray cats in the area.

The RCHS is currently experiencing a “cat-astrophe,” with more than 90 cats in the shelter and another 200 felines on the waiting list. These cats vary in types of colors, hair lengths and


In addition to the Big Lots event, the RCHS will be handing out free straw starting at noon on Friday at the shelter on Weese Street, until it is gone.

“Straw is a much better bed than blankets for a dog house or cat enclosure, because it doesn’t freeze like blankets do,” said RCHS board member Tina Vial. “We always recommend that you bring your pets inside when temperatures are exceedingly cold, but when they are outside, straw will keep them warm, dry and better-insulated against the cold.”

The agency is working toward the goals of increasing fosters and adoptions and to reduce breeding.

“The RCHS knows that the stray cat population is an issue in Elkins, and we want to address it,” Vial said.