Member Spotlight: A shelter sets up shop to save cats

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MS Erie County.jpgWhen you think of malls in December, you probably think of presents, crowds and traffic. But at one mall in New York State, shoppers will also be thinking about pet adoption.

The SPCA Serving Erie County in Buffalo, NY, has a mall storefront at Buffalo’s Walden Galleria Mall though the end of 2008. (Read more about the storefront here.)

Strictly for felines, the mall adoption center is the result of a collaboration between mall management, the SPCA and generous donors who made it possible for the center to stay open through Dec. 31 (it was originally scheduled to close on Sept. 30).

The adoption center opened in August, thanks in large part to funding from president and CEO Richard Lewis and his wife Lisa. The couple were deeply impacted by an August 8 column by Buffalo News writer Donn Esmonde about the sad realities of cat overpopulation in Erie County, and decided to fund a program to encourage end-of-summer cat adoptions.

Since its inception, the storefront location has helped almost 400 cats find new homes.

Visit the SPCA Serving Erie County on Petfinder.

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