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Be A Hero, Give A Cat A Home

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Walking into a "cat room," Marcy Rydd of Pets Alive Westchester , is greeted by nearly a dozen cats trotting to her feet. As she kneels down to pet them, a few hop into her lap for more cuddles as she plays with their ears and rubs their backs. A puffy orange cat rubs his face against her leg while she runs her hand along another's white fur.

For every cat that gets adopted, nearly 100 dogs will find a home, said Rydd. While she admits that that number might be a bit of a stretch, it is not that far off from what she sees every day at the animal rescue shelter.

At Pets Alive Westchester (formerly the Elmsford Animal Shelter), the next 50 cats to be adopted will be waived of the adoption fee of $100.

"These guys need to go home," Rydd said. "I cry all the time. Come get our cats home. We've made them free now because we love them and we want them to go home."

Pets Alive acquires the animals by families who surrender their pets when they move or if a family member is allergic. Each cat is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and micro-chipped for a good adoption experience.

"Every time I see my favorite ones, I think, 'Damn, you're still here?'" said Rydd. "You get excited to see them when you come to work, but then you feel guilty for feeling excited. But we love them enough and we love them so much that we want them to go home."

Pets Alive Westchester, located at 100 Warehouse Lane, is an extreme no-kill shelter. They currently have 550 animals, 170 of which are cats. Call 914-592-7334 for adoption information.

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