San Francisco's board of supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. People can still purchase from responsible breeders or adopt from a rescue group. District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang explains in the SF Examiner that "the ordinance is designed to bring attention to and halt the inhumane and deceptive practices of large-scale breeding operations that supply animals to pet stores and directly to consumers online." Way to go, San Francisco!
The Pet Food Express on Market Street just adopted out its 900th cat! The adoption center inside the store was first opened six years ago by San Francisco Animal Care & Control. Over in Walnut Creek, the Pet Food Express there is also celebrating its 1,500th cat adoption thanks to their partnership with the Contra Costa County Animal Services. Michael Levy, president and founder of Pet Food Express, told Pet Age that the idea of putting adoption centers inside his stores started when he discovered how hard it was for shelter pets to find good homes.
According to Bay City News, Oakland's cat café and adoption center received a $162,500 grant from Maddie's Fund. The plan is to use the money to expand so as many as 30 to 40 cats can be housed on site. Cat Town Café works closely with the Oakland animal shelter, giving their skittish and stressed cats a place to feel safe and be themselves. They currently adopt out an average of 3 to 5 cats a week.
A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle listed several new words that had been added to Oxford Dictionaries. Of particular interest is the following definition: Cat lady. Noun. An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted.