CUYAHOGA FALLS: When kittens number more than a dozen, mayhem will ensue.
The young miscreants nearly destroyed a room at a local animal rescue when they overturned a litter box and proceeded to spread the contents to the far corners of the room.
“You wouldn’t believe the mess they wreaked in 12 short hours,” said Jen D’Aurelio, executive director for Paws and Prayers animal rescue. “Leave 17 rambunctious cats in a room alone and it’s like school’s out.”
The culprits in question, originally from Summit County Animal Control, will be among the pets available at a 30-hour adoption marathon from 9 a.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel Hill PetSmart, 355 Howe Ave.
While animal adoption marathons are more common in the East, the event will be the first of its kind in the Midwest, said D’Aurelio.
Adopt Me Meow will “be the biggest adoption event we have held in our 11 years of serving Summit County,” said Paw and Prayers volunteer Kelly Carpenter.
More than 200 cats and kittens will be available for adoption. Joining Paws and Prayers will be Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron, Summit County Animal Control, Portage County Animal Protective League, Kitten Krazy, Forever Friends and One of a Kind Pets. Each group pulls animals from pounds before they are destroyed, said D’Aurelio.
This time of year, every rescue group in the area is struggling with an overabundance of “spring kittens.”
“We have 18 different litters in foster homes right now,” D’Aurelio said.
But this still didn’t stop her from rescuing the 17 kittens from the Summit County facility earlier this week when it became too crowded to keep them.