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Peninsula Humane Society waiving adoption fees for black cats indefinitely

One of the many black cats waiting for its forever home now at Peninsula Humane Society
One of the many black cats waiting for its forever home now at Peninsula Humane Society

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) in Burlingame is waiving the adoption fee for all black and mostly-black cats during the shelter's "Black Out" campaign, which run indefinitely. Currently, more than half of PHS/SPCA's adoptable cats (28) are black or mostly black and many more are waiting to move into spots in cat condos when these cats are matched with adopters.

PHS/SPCA Customer Service Manager Dan Hanley, said

Our situation is not unlike other shelters across the country. We have many great cats who are not getting noticed. It's the 'too much of a good thing' challenge.

As has been its approach in recent years, PHS/SPCA will happily trade adoption fees for good homes. PHS/SPCA is asking all potential adopters to donate two cans or one small bag of cat food to the shelter's pantry program ,which provides free pet food for low-income pet owners. PHS/SPCA partners with Samaritan House in San Mateo, CALL Primrose in Burlingame and Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto to deliver food.

Dusty “Klepto Kitty” kicks off Black-Out campaign

Dusty "Klepto Kitty," a former PHS/SPCA shelter cat who's become a national and international sensation for his late night looting, will help kick-off the campaign with an appearance at PHS/SPCA's Lantos Center this Friday, November 18 from 2-7 pm.

Dusty “Kelpto Kitty”has been featured on The Letterman Show, The Today Show and local network television affiliates, and footage of him stealing items from neighbors’ yards has gone viral on the Internet. During his visit this Friday, Dusty will paw-tograph copies of his latest magazine feature: this month’s National Geographic Kids. Dusty’s owners will ask for $10 donations and give all funds raised to PHS/SPCA shelter animals.

Dusty now has his own Facebook page and has a fans worldwide. "He's big in Germany, just like David Hasselhoff," says Dusty's owner, Jean Chu, of San Mateo. Jean's family adopted Dusty from PHS/SPCA in July 2006. At the time, no one knew about his penchant for thievery.

PHS/SPCA's brand new Lantos Center, a 56,000 sq. foot facility featuring condos for cats and dorms for dogs, is located at 1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 6 pm on weekends. Visitors are asked to arrive at least one hour before closing to complete an adoption.

To meet some of PHS/SPCA's cats who can be adopted for a donation to the shelter's food pantry program, visit


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