New Cat Adoption Center Opens In West OC Store

OCEAN CITY — A partnership between Petco in West Ocean City and the Town Cats organization of Worcester County resulted in the opening of a new cat adoption center this week.

“We are very excited about this new outlet for our rescued cats and kittens and think it will serve the Ocean City community well,” said Town Cats representative Chris Aument.

Officially founded in 1998, Town Cats is the evolution of several independent efforts that began in 1992 to manage the area’s feral cat population and breeding.

“Before [1998] it was just ad hoc,” said Town Cats representative Jeanne Donovan.

Town Cats was formed with the “primary mission” of promoting the spaying and neutering of feral cats as well as providing food, shelter and vaccinations. However, population control isn’t perfect and excess breeding remains a problem, according to Donovan.

“Everyone always has cats and kittens available for adoption,” she said.

By agreeing to manage the cat adoption center that Petco opened on Tuesday, Town Cats representatives said that they hope to find caring homes for felines that might otherwise wind up on the street or euthanized.

While they may have had some hard luck, Aument stressed that the cats are all healthy and perfect for adoption.

“All cats offered for adoption will have received their required shots, been tested for FIV-FeLV and been de-wormed and treated for fleas,” he said. “Cats over four months have been spayed or neutered and received a rabies shot. The cats can be seen in the store every day during operating hours.”

Donovan agreed that all of the animals will be healthy and pointed out that it is much cheaper to adopt a cat than go through a specialized breeder.

“They’re going to be much more expensive,” she said.
Town Cats is only asking for a $50 adoption fee to help cover the expenses of running the center.

Between the low cost and the high positive impact on taking in unwanted cats, Donovan is optimistic about the new center. Town Cats has worked with Petco Charities in the past, she explained, and has received grants and donations from the group.

Besides the adoption center, Town Cats is active in Worcester and is seeking volunteers to help manage and work with feral cats.

For more information, contact Aument at 610-716-3704 or visit

4 thoughts on “New Cat Adoption Center Opens In West OC Store

  1. Be cautious about using any cats taken from outdoors for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There’s no way to know a wild-harvested cats’ vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination later will do no good. It’s already too late. There’s no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It’s the only sane and sensible solution. This is why all wild-harvested animals of any type intended for the pet-industry must, BY LAW, undergo an extended quarantine up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when wild-harvested. You’re risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land.

    Another example (of thousands):

    Adopting or approaching any unknown cat that’s been outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette.

    The net is flooded with similar examples every week. THOUSANDS of people must endure, pay for (out of their own pocket) the painful and expensive (more than $1000) rabies shots if they get scratched or bitten by any stray or feral cat, especially if that cat cannot be trapped again to destroy it and test it for rabies.

    Even vaccinating your cat against rabies won’t prevent it from finding the nearest rabid bat dying on the ground to rip it to shreds for its daily cat’s play-toy. Then bringing back a mouthful or claws full of fresh rabies virus to you, your family, neighbors, other pets, or other animals. ANY cat allowed outdoors can transmit rabies to others, vaccinated or not.

  2. This group doesn’t adopt out ‘wild’ animals. They adopt out the “friendly” cats that have been abandoned in homes, garages, apartments, or from litters of kittens…

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