This is our Pet of the Week, LAVERNE. Despite having an "old lady" name, she is actually a young thing, and she's ready for adoption at It Takes a Village in Evansville.

LAVERNE is a 10-month-old female domestic shorthair, and she was surrendered to It Takes a Village along with her littermate. LAVERNE is used to being around big dogs and she loves to play with other cats.

LAVERNE's adoption fee is $125.

If you think LAVERNE might be a good fit for your home, then go ahead and fill out an online adoption application, and then schedule a meet & greet at It Takes a Village.

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All of the animals at ITV are examined by a veterinarian, given age-appropriate vaccinations, dewormed, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and FIV/FeLV-tested.

If our pet of the week isn’t the right fit for your home, please visit It Takes a Village to see the other rescues that need to get fostered and adopted. And don't forget about their RENT A DOG Program. A quick fill form and copy of your photo ID will allow you time out with one of ITV's vetted shelter dogs. These day dates are great for the rescues - it gets them some exercise and new information to help us get them adopted. It’s been a big hit- so don’t miss out!

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