Adoption bonanza at Friends of Felines 

Misha Hatfield holding a kitten she went on to adopt

The Friends of Felines (FOF) nonprofit, located on Cherry Avenue in Keizer hosted a cat adoption bonanza on Saturday, May 25. 

A total of 18 cats were adopted with another 15 still on-site and ready for adoption. 

The event raised around $150 for the organization as well as brought more than 1oo pounds in bags of food for the cats. 

Families from around Keizer and Salem packed into the small shelter in order to catch a glimpse of the felines needing a new home, show some affection or simply play with them in one of the side rooms designated for those wanting more personal time with an animal before adoption. 

According to Melissa Sanford, the Volunteering Community Engagement Coordinator for FOF, the adoption event, which also served as a fundraiser and animal food drive, was done in order to bring more awareness to what the center does as well as highlight the work of a Portland celebrity, Cat rapper IAMMOSHOW, who attended the event providing free autographs to those who adopted, pictures as well as displaying a series of kids books he has made about various struggles children face and how to deal with them. 

IAMMOSHOW noted that one of the reasons he decided to help the cat shelter was that the place where he adopted two recent additions to his feline pack: Fried Onions and Strawberry Lemonade.

When asked why he favored cats over other animals, IAMMOSHOW stated that it was about the relationship strength noting how, with cats, you have to earn their affection rather than it being a given. 

Keizer youths enjoying some pets with Biscuit and Crumpet, two kittens up for adoption.
From left: Milk(mustache) and Cookies
Cat rapper IAMMOSHOW (right) with an adoring fan at the Friends of Felines adoption center located on Cherry Avenue 
Sadie, another cat up for adoption at the event
Some logistical information for those interested in adopting
Cooper McKenzie cuddling up with some kittens

Contact Quinn Stoddard
[email protected] or 503-390-1051

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