I once lived next door to a cat named Ripken. He was the toast of the town, or at least of the condo complex I live in. Everybody loved him and he loved everybody. Even though he had a perfectly nice home, he often “visited” the neighbors, spending time on people’s beds and couches, as allowed. We were all so sad when he moved. Ripken was a black-and-white cat, and I’ve recently learned that black-and-white cats are not as readily adopted as other cats. Seems they share some of the same stigma that black cats still have (as crazy as it sounds). I don’t know about you, but I’ve met the most lovable black and black-and-white cats. If you’re considering adopting a cat, I’ve got a whale of a deal to tell you about. This weekend, Jan. 1 and 2, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary is holding a Black & White Purrball at its adoption center located at 6001 Folsom Blvd. in East Sacramento. Adoption fees are waived (about $50 or so in savings) on all black and black-and-white cats with a donation of cat food. The waived fee is only for adult cats (1 year and older). But I strongly urge you to consider adopting an adult cat. Kittens are great, but think about it. With adult cats, most of the kinks are worked out (or, at least by the time the cat reaches adulthood, you are aware of its kinks), they are litter-box trained, they aren’t as likely to climb your drapes, etc. So stop by the center this Saturday or Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and take a look at who might become your new best friend. You can also view adoptable cats online at happytails.org. For more information, call (916) 556-1155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.