“We have gotten over five hundred cats and kittens in the month of July, we are at a very critical stage of over population here at the shelter,” says Development Director, Jamie Usry.
To deal with this catastrophe the shelter is calling on cat lovers, like Emma Zevallos to answer the call.
“I’m here adopting a cat, we want to add a member to our family and save a life,” says Zevallos.
The Humane Society says others wanting to do the same should follow her lead. They say looking elsewhere can contribute to the over population problem.
“When you take a liter of kittens from your friends or family members you’re encouraging that person to not go get their animal spayed or neutered, because they think all my animals will get to a good home no matter what,” says Usry.
Instead the shelter is encouraging cat owners to bring liters in, so they can cut down on unwanted animals and offer a sense of security to new pet owners.
“Every cat we have is spayed and neutered and fully vaccinated,” says Usry.
That peace of mind is exactly what lead Stacey Thomas-Keller to the Humane Society to adopt two new friends.
“It’s nice to have that taken care of and they are ready to go home,” says Thomas-Keller.
For some added incentive the Humane Society is offering discounted adoption fees now through the month of August.
The adoption fee for a kitten is now just twenty-five dollars, five dollars for cats and for those considered senior citizens, six years and older, there is no fee.