From TODAY correspondent Jill Rappaport
In honor of Halloween, we are debuting Meow To Wow for all our feline lovers! Since we have had such a wonderful response to our monthly Bow To Wow series (every dog we featured has found a loving home), we now are focusing on the cats that desperately need to get adopted, too.
The numbers are staggering -- approximately 25,000 cats and kittens end up at Animal Care & Control of New York City every year! So it's time to try to lower those numbers, and in return, YOU can end up with the most adorable affectionate pet.
For our launch, my producer Lindsay Grubb and I picked out four beauties ... a 3-year-old white purebred Persian named Grace and a stunning jet-black Bombay with piercing green eyes named Tina. Finally, we have two of the most adorable kittens up for adoption, brothers Nick and Vick, each of whom can fit in one hand. All of these precious animals are incredibly sweet and healthy and are just waiting for a second chance at life. Please consider giving them that chance.
In conjunction with this new segment, I have a new children's book out called "500 Cats." It is based on The Cat House on the Kings, the largest no-kill, no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center in California. This is a very special place that has saved 18,000 cats and 5,000 dogs since it opened 17 years ago. The book follows one beautiful kitten named Mittens who finds safety, love and joy amongst all his many furry friends. I hope you enjoy the book, and I hope it will inspire you to adopt.
For information on how to adopt these featured cats and other animals, please visit the Web site for Animal Care & Control of New York City.