On Saturday, August 6, Urban Outfitters partnered with Best Friends to stage adoption events in all of their stores in New York City. Urban Outfitters paid the adoption fees for all 95 cats and kittens that found new homes that day.
I was in New York that weekend, and visited the Urban Outfitters store on 5th Avenue. It just so happens that I love Urban Outfitters, and it always makes me happy when a brand I like also does good things for cats. By the time my friend and I got to the store around noon, all but three cats at the store had found new homes, and one was in the process of being adopted.
I asked Community Events and Programs Coordinator Amanda Craft how Best Friends screens potential adopters. “Each person has to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire,” said Amanda. “Then they sit down with one of our trained adoption counselors for an indepth conversation.” Adopters sign a contract that ensures that if, for any reason, the adoption doesn’t work out, the cat will be returned to Best Friends.
While I was chatting with Amanda, Clarence’s new guardians finalized the paperwork to take this handsome guy home.
This event is a wonderful example of what can happen when corporations and rescue organizations work together to save lives. Not only did 95 cats and kittens find their forever homes that day, finding homes for these cats also made it possible for Best Friends to pull that many cats out of a shelter and bring them into their program.