Find the purr-fect Valentine

Published 10:15 am Saturday, February 12, 2011

Illustration by Albert Lea Tribune

February is national Prevent A Litter Month, and you can help by spaying and neutering your pets to help keep the number of homeless pets down.

The Freeborn County Humane Society is offering a few programs to help pet owners. Spring is often the time when the shelter sees more pregnant cats and homeless kittens.

“It’s extremely important we’re altering our cats in this community,” board member Dee Amberg said.

Amberg said the shelter is almost filled to capacity with cats, and spring always brings more when cats who aren’t altered have litters.

“Spay/neutering is the only way out of a cat problem,” Amberg said.

She said the shelter is always open to those with questions about animals, and she wants the community to know the shelter is there to help people.

Following is a feature on 12 cats who are currently in the shelter who would love a permanent home.

Jake

Jake was found taped up in a box at a truck stop in town. He’s a big, affectionate cat who gets along well with other cats. He’s neutured and up-to-date with shots.

Gabby

Gabby is a short-haired black male. He’s affectionate and loves being petted. He is neutered, up-to-date on shots and house trained.

Big Tabby

Big Tabby is up-to-date with shots, house trained and neutered. He’s a good sidekick and likes to chill out. He gets along well with other cats and is looking for a steady companion.

Fiona

Fiona is up-to-date with shots, house trained and spayed. She prefers a home without dogs. She would take some time to get to know you and then shower you with love and affection.

Slinky

Slinky loves to play fetch and cuddle, too. She’s up-to-date with shots and house trained. She loves people, likes playing and getting petted.

Energizer

Energizer lives up to his name and is a high-energy cat. He’s a typical kitten and likes lots of love and attention. He’s up-to-date on shots and ready to go. He would do better in a house without small children.

Tango

Tango came in with two brothers, and they were all very scared. Now he’s used to attention and likes to curl up with people. He’s up-to-date with shots and house trained.

Ruby

Ruby is a medium-haired black cat who is neutered, up-to-date with shots and house trained. She’s relaxed and loves to be petted. She enjoys long naps and curling up on laps.

Taco

Taco loves petting and purring. He’s neutered and house trained. He’s looking for someone who enjoys quiet times and togetherness.

Belle

cuddle, too. She’s up-to-date with shots and house trained. She loves people, likes playing and getting petted.

Energizer

Energizer lives up to his name and is a high-energy cat. He’s a typical kitten and likes lots of love and attention. He’s up-to-date on shots and ready to go. He would do better in a house without small children.

Tango

Tango came in with two brothers, and they were all very scared. Now he’s used to attention and likes to curl up with people. He’s up-to-date with shots and house trained.

Ruby

Ruby is a medium-haired black cat who is neutered, up-to-date with shots and house trained. She’s relaxed and loves to be petted. She enjoys long naps and curling up on laps.

Taco

Taco loves petting and purring. He’s neutered and house trained. He’s looking for someone who enjoys quiet times and togetherness.

Belle

Belle is a kitten who likes to be the center of attention. She’s spayed, up-to-date with shots and house trained. She’s tiny, but tough, and likes when everyone gets along. She’s adventurous and affectionate.

Mittens

Mittens loves to play and explore. She’s spayed, up-to-date on shots and house trained. She gets along with other kittens and is looking for someone to play with.

Missy

Missy likes being scratched behind her ears and playing. She’s house trained and gets along with other cats. She can entertain herself, but really enjoys human companionship.

Programs offered by the Freeborn County Humane Society
Low-cost spay/neuter program
Apply by e-mailing hs_of_fc@hotmail.com or call 507-396-3659 or send a letter to or send a letter to: HSFC S/N program, PO Box 423, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

Feral cat initiative to help feral, stray or barn cats
Apply by e-mailing feralcatint@hotmail.com or hs_of_fc@hotmail.com or by calling 507-383-0683.

Contact
The Freeborn County Humane Society can be reached at 507-377-8501. It is located at 101 James Ave. in Albert Lea and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays.