Methuen, MA - On Saturday, October 20th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Especially for Pets in Acton, MA, our feline friends will be the focus.  If you love the sound of purring in your ear, the sight of a cat basking in your windowsill and the calm of stroking a cat on your lap, then come to the store and meet some of the wonderful cats for adoption.  Cats and kittens of every age and description are in need of new homes.

People adopting a cat will receive a free bag of Wysong food and, as always, adopted pets (and their owners) receive a 10% discount at the store on all purchases for one month after adoption.

There have been approximately 49 cats adopted from this offsite adoption program in the last year.  The organization of this event was a team effort lead by Lisa Forbes, the staff of the MSPCA in Methuen and Amy Lord, Manager of Especially for Pets.  "We are very happy to be able to play a role in matching up local Acton customers with cats from the Methuen MSPCA," said Lord. 

"We want to thank our customers who have given homes to the cats and kittens from the Methuen shelter over the past 3 years.  Anyone who has been considering adopting, please come and see the wonderful cats in need of a loving family."

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen offers the following advice to pet owners this October:

  • Children in costume can be frightening for pets.  The MSPCA urges families to keep companion animals inside, safe from Halloween crowds and pranks.  The MSPCA always encourages cats to be indoors only, but it's especially important at Halloween.  Black cats can be especially at risk.
  • It's very easy for your cat or dog to run out the door when you open it to greet trick-or-treaters.  Put up a baby gate or better yet, put your pet in a closed room.  The activity and excitement of Halloween can be stressful and confusing for animals, which may cause loose pets to run away.  If you need to let out your dog, it is best to use a leash.
  • If you have rabbits in an outside hutch or have chickens, geese, or any farm animals, leave an outdoor light on illuminating their area.  Check on them throughout the Halloween night.
  • Refrain from giving pets candy treats.  Chocolate and other sweets can be harmful to a pet's sensitive stomach.  Specially made nutritious pet treats are better to give to your cat or dog.

For questions or directions you can call Especially for Pets at (978) 264-4444 or visit their web site:  You may also call the MSPCA Shelter at (978) 687-7453.