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'Adoption Fee Free Zone' is reportedly the first in the nation

The Oregon Cat Project in Lake Oswego is now reportedly the first “Adoption Fee Free Zone” in the nation.

This means there will no longer be fees associated with the adoption of cats and kittens at the shelter in Lake Oswego.

This was done in an effort to find more homes, shorten shelter stay lengths, and to bring more cats off the street and out of kill shelters.

The action is the first step for the Oregon Cat Project to becoming an open admission — no-kill facility in December 2014.

Adoption hours are currently Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but will expand to four days a week in February. Regular adoption criteria will apply.

In other big cat news, the Cat Project will be opening several new thrift stores called The Cat’s Meow. Proceeds from the stores will be used to fund the new facility, and the project is currently accepting donations of gently used items at the Lake Oswego location.

The Cats Meow Thrift will open Feb. 14 at 342 B Ave. in Lake Oswego.

The project’s food bank will be open from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Visit TheOregonCat.Org or Facebook.