Morris the Cat Supports Adopt-a-Cat Month

The 9Lives Cat Food “spokescat” encourages pet lovers to adopt homeless cats from their local animal shelters.

Posted: June 02, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Li’l Mo joins Morris the Cat, 9Lives spokescat, in encouraging pet lovers to adopt a cat from a local animal shelter. (Photo courtesy of 9Lives)
Every June, the American Humane Association encourages animal lovers to adopt a homeless cat from an animal shelter as part of Adopt-a-Cat Month. This year, Morris the Cat, spokescat for 9Lives Cat Food, joins AHA in supporting the annual event.

Morris himself owes his career — and possibly his life — to an animal trainer and pet lover who adopted him from a Chicago animal shelter in 1968. In honor of Morris’ humble beginnings, 9Lives Cat Food launched an adoption campaign, the 9Lives Morris’ Million Cat Rescue, to give other homeless cats a chance at a happy life with a loving family. Morris is joined in his efforts by Li’l Mo, the first cat of one million to be rescued through the campaign.

Launched in Fall 2006, the Million Cat Rescue campaign aims to find loving homes for 1 million cats. A mobile adoption center designed and built by 9Lives helps bring together homeless cats and potential owners at adoption events across the country. Starting in June, 9Lives will launch two more mobile tours to support the adoption events of local animal shelters. To learn where the tour will be, visit the 9Lives website.

The increased adoption efforts fit well with the American Humane Association’s goals during Adopt-a-Cat Month. AHA established the event to draw attention to the plight of the millions of cats and kittens that enter animal shelters every year. AHA reminds pet lovers that cats make wonderful pets, citing the many reasons cats will bring joy to a home:

  • Cats are entertaining to watch and fun to play with.

  • Cats provide companionship.

  • Cats cuddle with their owners.

  • Cats are comfortable in small spaces, such as apartments.

  • Cats are clean and tidy.

  • A cat’s purr is soothing and relaxing.

  • Cats are easy to housetrain.

  • Cats are affectionate.

  • Cats do not need as much attention as some other pets.

  • Cats can be left alone during the day while their owners are at work.

Most of all, AHA reminds pet lovers that by adopting a cat from a local animal shelter, the new pet owner will save that cat’s life!

For more information about Adopt-a-Cat Month, visit the AHA website.

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DONNA    KENOSHA, WI

6/7/2007 10:08:54 AM

THE SHELTER I VOLUNTEER FOR INVITED US TO SHOW OUR ANIMALS ON THE BUS, AND IT WAS A VERY FUN EXPERIENCE. THE CREW WAS GREAT AND THE BUS WAS SET UP VERY NICE. I STRONGLY URGE ANYONE TO VISIT THE BUS IF IT IS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. THE NINE LIVES PEOPLE ARE DOING A VERY GREAT AND GENEROUS SERVICE FOR THE FELINE POPULATION.

Juene    Chesnee, SC

6/3/2007 3:38:34 AM

I'm glad that Morris the Cat's legacy will be more than cat food commercials - though he was very good at that.

Mary    Rockford, IL

6/2/2007 12:52:57 PM

Li'l Mo is the cutest little thing I've ever seen

Vanda    Laramie, WY

6/2/2007 9:43:27 AM

I am glad to see the addition of Little Mo to 9 Lives cat family. Their promotion of adopt a cat month is good in that it hopefully gets attention of people who would be great cat owners if they only knew it. The Million Cat Rescue is a wonderful thing. Thanks 9 Lives!

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