Badger needs a new home.

This one-year-old domestic shorthair mix cat gets along well with other cats. He's shy at first, but warms up quickly (and he loves to be scratched under his chin!).

Badger would make an ideal companion for an apartment-dweller. You can visit with him or any of the other cats and dogs available for adoption at the SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas starting at noon Saturday. Call 214-742-7722 for more information.

June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and it's the perfect time to adopt one of the SPCA of Texas' adorable cats and kittens. The SPCA of Texas currently has more than 40 cats that have been waiting for their forever homes for over 30 days, making them V.I.P. (Very Important Pets).

In order to make space to adopt out more incoming cats and kittens, the SPCA of Texas is waiving adoption fees for every V.I.P. cat through June 30 at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. These shelters are open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.

Cats make wonderful pets because they are calm, clean, easy-going, independent and affectionate. Cats are also very easily trainable and make perfect companions for apartment dwellers, children and seniors. The SPCA of Texas asks potential cat owners to adopt a shelter cat and save a life.

Regular adoption prices for cats and kittens range from $50 to $95, which includes age-appropriate vaccinations (which can include Rabies, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Caleci and Pan-Leukopenia), deworming treatment, spay/neuter surgery, a rabies tag, a temporary pet tote made of heavy-duty cardboard and a microchip. Cats over 4 months of age are also given a feline Leukemia test.

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