The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) will host a cat-centered adoption event Saturday, Sept. 9 that is focused on cats because of the large number that came to the shelter in August.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the RCACP facility at 1510 Baldwin Avenue, NE, Roanoke.

The event will begin with a “Cat Yoga” class where visitors can find their zen, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Bottle feeding demonstrations will take place throughout the day, and all cat adoptions are free.

August was an extremely high intake month for cats and dogs, the RCACP reported. It currently has 142 cats residing in foster or at the shelter.

“We hope that we can reduce our numbers and encourage people to spay and neuter their pets to prevent overpopulation in the community,” Interim Director Mike Warner said.

RCACP serves Botetourt County, the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County and the Town of Vinton.

RCACP is an “open intake facility.”  The Regional Center primarily handles strays picked up by the Animal Control Officers employed by the municipalities, strays found, and owner released animals from the citizens of these municipalities.

Each year the RCACP receives between 4,000 and 6,000 animals. RCACP’s primary mission is to provide temporary shelter for stray, abandoned and surrendered animals and return them to their owners or find them permanent suitable new homes.