‘Grab a Pussy! Adopt a Cat From Your Local Shelter,’ Says PETA Billboard

Ad Urges New Yorkers to Adopt, Not Shop, to Help End Kitten Homelessness

For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2016

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

New York – While the media is buzzing about the presidential election, animal shelters nationwide are struggling with the tail end of kitten season, in which countless felines born of all that springtime sexiness show up in need of a home—which is why PETA is negotiating with local outdoor advertisers in New York City, where both presidential candidates have bases, to erect a purrvocative billboard that features a frisky cat next to the words “Grab a Pussy! Adopt a Cat From Your Local Shelter.” The new nonpartisan ad campaign aims to urge New Yorkers to choose the right catidate by electing to adopt one of the 20,000 cats taken in by city-run shelters each year.

“The sensationalism of this election has rendered many other important issues invisible,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “We hope this ad will encourage people to think for a second about the crisis facing cats and other animals and—if they have the time, love, patience, and funds to do so—to consider opening their homes to one or two beautiful cats from a shelter.”

One unspayed female cat and her offspring can lead to a staggering 370,000 kittens in just seven years. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—would like to remind all prospective guardians of cats to be sure to have them spayed or neutered and to adopt from local shelters, not pet stores or breeders, which add to the homeless-animal crisis.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and educates the public on those issues. It does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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