Rome Cat Assistance lists local homeless pets online

R-CATS has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site has over 359,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.

Rome Cat Assistance Trap-Neuter-Return Society is the city’s volunteer-run group that focuses on the feral cat population by tracking colonies, trapping and neutering cats and then returning them.

More than 13,700 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada and other countries post their pets on the site. R-CATS pets may be viewed at www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY1097.html.

A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the Zip code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies.

Petfinder.com was created in early 1996 as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the site has facilitated approximately 20 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.