WILKES-BARRE — Valley Cat Rescue, which operated a no-kill feline shelter for many years, will no longer take in cats for adoption because of space limitations but will continue to offer informational and referral services to pet owners who need assistance.
The nonprofit center, at 388 N. River St., opened in 1994. Its adoption center will close once it finds homes for its last three cats.
President Heather Balester, a Wilkes-Barre native who has had pet cats most of her life, said Friday she loves what she does and finds it rewarding. She estimated that, since the program’s founding, she has found homes for about 500 cats.
“There are always happy endings,” she said.
The three remaining cats — Boop, Angelina and Shirley Dumpling — are female indoor pets; all have been spayed. They are microchipped, have been tested for feline leukemia and FIV and have had recent shots and boosters, she said.
Each cat has a unique physical trait:
• One-year-old Boop has a black-tuxedo coat and loves to play. “She is a bundle of energy and will play for hours,” said Balester. “She is a go-getter.”
• Three-year-old Angelina is gray and white, and Balester said she is good with kids and other people.
• And 6-year-old Shirley Dumpling is all black. “She is a sweet and quiet cat,” said Balester. “She is scared of children, so she would make a great companion for an older person.”
Balester will waive adoption fees and will provide free carriers, beds, litter boxes and other supplies with each adoption, she said.
Although the adoption center will close, Valley Cat Rescue still will strive to educate the public about cat care and to encourage spaying and neutering to decrease the population of unwanted animals. In 2008, Valley Cat Rescue partnered with the Luzerne County SPCA and six veterinary hospitals to create a spay/neuter assistance program for low-income families in Luzerne County; it will continue to offer this assistance.
To inquire about adoption, call Valley Cat Rescue between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 570-824-4172.