Have you been thinking of adding a feline friend to the family? Saturday’s Cat Adoption Fair could be the place to find a perfect match. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cascade Park Retirement Community in Woodburn. It is the culmination of Woodburn High School senior Celine Gregoire’s senior project.

The adoption fair was borne out of Gregoire and Cascade Park resident Betty Ann Mulkins’ shared love of animals. They were paired together as part of Gregoire’s senior project working with the elderly and they bonded over their interest in animals.

“It just worked out that the person who I was working with really loved animals. And she really likes cats. She thought the adoption day was really cool,” Gregoire said.

Gregoire said there will be four adult cats available at the fair for a $35 adoption fee. The cats come from the no-kill rescue Salem Friends of Felines, which is sponsoring the fair. The cats have all been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms.

Gregoire, who plans to become a veterinarian, loves animals and lives with three cats, three dogs, four chickens and three rabbits. She said she will attend either Willamette University or Linfield College next year and eventually finish her veterinary degree at Oregon State University.

Gregoire’s project is part of the graduation requirements for all Woodburn High School seniors, she said. Requirements include that she work on her senior project at least 15 hours, complete a 500-word reflection essay and present her final project to a group of teachers.

Gregoire hopes that all four rescue cats are adopted and that at least two of them are adopted by residents of Cascade Park Retirement Community.

“The person I’m working with (Betty Ann) has a lot of joy because of her cat,” Gregoire said. “I think that a lot of other people who aren’t as familiar with animals could do that too. And be happy like that.”

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