Back in the day, it was rumored, when a farming family had a barn cat who got pregnant and gave everybody the gift of six or seven mewling blind ones, the farmer had to balance his cat food budget with his harvest income, and the result was quite often a burlap sack tied with twine, full of said younglings (and a brick), all in the nearest river.


These days, we are a little more humane. And if the preceding vignette fires up your “I would pay any amount just to save one of them” engine, please proceed to the Kitten Adoption event at the Portland Pet Life (91 Auburn St, and God bless them for having a normally spelled and capitalized business name) on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. The people at HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) say they have several soft roly poly beings to choose from, but the catch is that only pre-approved applicants can be guaranteed a same-day adoption. Simple fix: Go to and click on ‘Adoption Application.’ Download the PDF, fill it out, and email it back to HART at as an attachment. Once you are pre-approved (we recommend bringing a hardcopy to Pet Life as well), it is the mere matter of opening your wallet or purse and signing on the dotted line. Have you already thought of a name for your new kitten?


In case you’re wondering just who these HART folks are, have no fear. Reputable and dedicated as the day is long. As a matter of fact, Teresa Blanchard, HART's Medical Manager, was recently selected as one of the 20 Outstanding Women in Maine for 2017 by Coast 93.1 FM. They, along with Hannaford, will present Ms. Blanchard with her award on October 9.


Hey, how about naming your new friend after her?

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