June 30, 2017

Kittens Take Over New York City Hall for Adoption Event

kittens at the ASPCA

Feisty, furry felines took over New York City Hall yesterday afternoon for the city’s first-ever “Kitty Hall,” a special kitten and cat adoption event in celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

Ten adorable kittens and cats from the ASPCA were on-site and available for adoption during the June 29 event, which was co-hosted by the ASPCA, Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC), the Mayor’s Office, New York City Emergency Management and the New York City Department of Health.  Attendees who weren’t cuddling kittens were encouraged to speak with staff to learn more about cat fostering opportunities and other ways to volunteer.

adoption event outside of city hall

June is the height of kitten season, the time of year when we see an increase in feline breeding. Many kittens are born to community cats during the summer months, and shelters often become flooded with homeless and newborn cats during this time. To manage the influx of kitties, the ASPCA opened the city’s first high-volume neonatal facility dedicated solely to the care of newborn kittens, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made efforts to expand and modernize the city’s shelters.

kittens at the adoption event

“The partnership shown at Kitty Hall really illustrates the wonderful relationship that exists between ACC, the ASPCA and the City of New York,” said Michelle Villagomez, the ASPCA’s Senior Director of Legislation for New York City. “The Mayor’s Office brought us all together to share the message of how important adoption is not only now, at the height of kitten season, but throughout the year.”

ASPCA staff holding ACC signs

By the end of the afternoon, three cats and kittens had found new homes—with more to come as 12 additional people filled out adoption applications! We want to thank all of our New York City supporters who were able to join us.

Not able to make it to the event, but interested in adopting? There are plenty of cats—and dogs—looking for good homes. Visit our Adoption Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan or search our database to find an adoptable animal in your local shelter.