Hugo, the cat, would like your attention

SANDUSKY Hi, my name is Hugo. I'm a male cat, 5 years old, and I'm tired of sitting in a cage at the
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Hi, my name is Hugo. I'm a male cat, 5 years old, and I'm tired of sitting in a cage at the Erie County Humane Society.

I need a home.

That's something I have in common with all of my buddies at the shelter. There are 64 cats and kittens at the shelter available for adoption, and another 140 cats crowded into regular cages, play cages, rooms and pet carriers. Having this many kitty cats is getting a bit overwhelming for the shelter, or so I hear.

I'm the best cat available, of course. Everybody says so. My main servant, Amy Porter, who runs the humane society, says I'm her favorite cat. She says she'd take me home in a minute if she didn't already have nine other cats at home.

I'm proud to say that Amy doesn't like dogs as much as she likes cats. She only has five dogs at her house.

Amy put a notice in the newspaper last week saying I'm "intelligent, affectionate and very handsome."

So you see, I am the best cat here -- but there are lots of cute kittens, if that's what you want.

And because I'm so tired of living in a cage when I should be inside your house keeping you company and getting rid of that mouse you saw the other day, I've talked Amy into making a great offer for anyone who needs a pet.

The usual fee for adopting a cat is $60. That's a fair price because cats are the best pets around, and the shelter takes care of our spaying or neutering and our first shots if we're at least 3 months old.

We're treated for worms and fleas, too, so you don't have to worry about bringing "extra pets" into your home, if you know what I mean.

From now until the end of July the adoption fee for your new cat or kitten is $30.

And if a cat is more than 2 years old, Amy will waive the adoption fee. That's right, the cat is free.

Each cat also provides rodent control and a morning wake-up service, all at no extra charge.

I'm hoping some of you will take advantage of this offer, because the shelter does not have room for any more cats.

And frankly, although taking care of cats is a rare privilege, even a treat, my servants here have been complaining that the shelter is bursting at the seams with cats.

Amy says stuff like, "It's insane. Not an empty cage in the place. We have multiple kittens in every cage."

It's the kitten season, so we have more cats than usual.

One of the other ladies here is shelter manager Kathy Quillen.

Kathy tells people that it's "rough" keeping up with the 140 cats that are here (there are also six dogs up for adoption, three rabbits and a hamster.)

"It's hard to keep up on cleaning," Kathy says as she stands in a room full of cats. "A lot of them end up getting sick. This is the sick room."

So there you have it. If you adopt a cat here, you'll help out some nice people, and my servants will have more time to pay attention to me.

Amy says she wants me to mention she needs donations of dry kitten food and litter.

I live at 1911 Superior St. My phone number here at the shelter is 419-626-6220. Your donations to the shelter are tax deductible.

That's important, I guess, but did I mention what Amy says about me? She says, "I just love him. He's a big, handsome guy. He's a character."

Sounds good, huh? But you better act fast, because I'm going home with the first family who gives me room to roam and a big, overstuffed chair to sit on.