The ASPCA is offering a welcome antidote to the kill-or-be-killed monstrosity that is Black Friday: Anyone who adopts an adult cat at the Manhattan ASPCA Adoption Center on "Cat Friday" will have the $75 adoption fee waived completely. The adoption fee for kittens (cats aged four months to one year) will be reduced to $50, from the usual $125.
"Cat Friday" will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 424 East 92 Street in Upper Manhattan. It's worth a visit even if you can't take home a cat today: Those who visit on Friday without adopting will be given a voucher for $20 off a future adoption fee, redeemable for three months.
The ASPCA has been getting creative of late in efforts to promote cat adoption in U.S. cities. In October, ASPCA partnered with the Uber private car service for a National Cat Day promotion that delivered adoptable rescue to lucky businesses that were able to reserve a visit. The promotion was overwhelmingly popular, with demand far outweighing supply. But we at IBTimes were fortunate to get a visit from Carla, an adorable tortoiseshell kitten.
Stray cats (and dogs) for that matter are a significant problem in New York City, though animal welfare agencies like the ASPCA have made strides in recent years to control overpopulation and reduce the number of animals who are put to sleep. According to a report published by New York City Animal Care and Control, nearly 3,000 cats were euthanized at AC&C facilities last year -- down from just over 5,400 the year before.