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UAF holding special adoption event July 10 for often-overlooked black cats

Black cats and kittens are frequently overlooked in shelters and at adoption events. Because of this, United Animal Friends (UAF) is having a special adoption event at Kitty City in Petco 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Adoption fees will be $20 for adult cats and $50 for kittens to approved homes that day only.

Part of the resistance to adopt black cats is based on cultural superstitions. It is also because, at first glance, black cats do not stand out as much as their striped, spotted, and light-colored kennelmates. On closer inspection, the stark contrast between a black cat's shiny dark coat and its stunning eyes makes the animal quite striking.

But choosing the right cat isn't just fur-deep. Cat lovers should select companions with traits they desire, such as individual personalities, quirky behaviors, and loving qualities. UAF hopes that cat-lovers will broaden their search to include black cats the next time they adopt.

All UAF cats are altered when old enough, have tested negative for feline AIDS and leukemia, and are up to date with vaccinations. For adoption information, email Allie at allie.cat42@yahoo.com, call 632-5144, or visit Kitty City this Sunday.

Here is a list of a few black UAF cats and kittens looking for homes.

Simon is a busy boy who is always in motion. He and his two siblings, Wendy and Theodore, were orphaned at a young age. They were found under a dumpster by someone who called UAF. Simon, a domestic shorthair, was born in October 2010.

Libby has had a difficult start in life. She and her brother Alex were found in a trash bag. It's hard to believe they were thrown away like garbage. Libby is a Maine Coon mix who is very sweet and playful. She and Alex are 10 months old.

Taylor likes to "help" her foster mom when she works on the computer and would make a great choice for someone looking for a personal assistant! Taylor is a lap cat who loves to snuggle. She loves to chase toy mice.

Norris is sweet and soft. In no time, he should fit in with his new family, sitting on laps and purring up a storm. He is a funny guy who loves to monkey around with his toys. Norris is from a litter of six that was born April 1, 2010.

Licorice was a frightened little girl who was abandoned. At first, she wouldn't let anyone touch her, but in no time she relaxed and mellowed. She likes to play with UAF caregivers and the other cats at Kitty City. This gorgeous girl is about 1 1/2 years old.

Lily was abandoned along with her brother Danny. She is a domestic longhair and is very playful, loving and friendly to people and other cats. She was born in April and will be spayed when she is old enough. This kitty has a heart of gold ... and an urge to frolic!

Mikey is a typical carefree four-month-old. Unbelievably,he was dumped in the "great outdoors" as a baby. He is friendly and playful and needs space to run and jump. He and his littermates Robbie, Lighter, and Ginger are staying at Kitty City and need forever or foster homes.

Tori is a cuddly little girl who loves to carry around her toy mouse. She loves to run after her twin sister and best pal, Taylor. The pair has been in a UAF foster home since the two were dumped by the side of a road this winter. She has medium-long hair and was born in December.

Silky is a charming guy who is very snuggly and friendly. Any attention he receives results in lots and lots of purring, and a little bit of talking, too. He doesn't do much lap-sitting because he weighs about 15 pounds... all fluff, of course! Silky is a domestic shorthair who was born Sept. 18, 2008.

Cleo is sweet and smart and loves to be petted. She is friendly and has a happy disposition. She came to UAF from a high-kill shelter in northern Arizona. She has long silky fur and golden eyes. Cleo is a Persian mix who was born in the spring of 2008.

Cookie is a playful and loveable kitten born on April 13. She came to UAF with her mother and three littermates when she was only three days old. She loves to kick a little ball around like she's playing soccer. She has white socks on all her feet and a tiny white blaze on her nose.

Danny was abandoned at a young age, but has learned that most humans can be his friends. He has fluffy, soft, fur and will be long-haired as an adult. He and his sister Lily are very playful and sweet. He was born in April and will be neutered when he is old enough.

Donations for UAF's foster program can be sent to United Animal Friends, PO Box 11133, Prescott, AZ 86304, or can be made online at UnitedAnimalFriends.org. Contributions go toward spaying/neutering, medical care, and food for fostered pets, as well as other UAF programs.

UAF is in need of foster homes and volunteers for its many programs. Interested animal lovers should contact UAF volunteer coordinator Jann at 759-3848 or jannkpamperspets@yahoo.com.