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In Emporia, Kansas, cat adoption is free

Cat adoption is free this year in Emporia, Kansas, according to a new report from the Emporia Gazette.

Gary Smith is a police chief who spoke to the news source about cat overpopulation and what the free program has done to help.

"Few people wanted to pay for adopting cats," Smith told the news outlet. "The cat giveaway is the other option, instead of euthanization. ...The foster care has been a real benefit to us. It’s helped us control costs and relieved the shelter, which is minimally staffed."

Normally, the adoption fee is $20, but since the free adoption program has been implemented, more than one hundred cats have been adopted, saving them from euthanasia.

In the U.S., there are more than 93 million cats who are part of households, according to the Humane Society.
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