Monday, July 1, 2013
People are dropping off stray cats by the litter at the Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton. Now, the shelter is way over capacity and running out of options.
The Caring Hands Humane society can comfortably house about 75 cats. Right now they have nearly double that so they're doing everything they can to adopt out as many as possible.
"Just this last Friday from one individual, we received 15 cats,” Executive Director for Caring Hands Kevin Stubbs said.
Right now the shelter has about 130 cats, nearly double their limit. Besides draining their resources, the overcrowding is hard on the cats' health, especially the kittens.
"Illness can run rampant and often times in an overcrowding situation those guys are at a higher risk for not being able to fight that off and then we don't have much option after that point,” Stubbs said.
The short term solution for the overcrowding is to find homes for as many cats as possible. The director says the long term solution is for people to first spay or neuter their own pets and second, bring stray cats to the shelter before they have kittens.
"If the people would bring them in before the litters happen, we can bring them in, get them spayed and out on the adoption floor and we're dealing with two cats instead of 15,” Stubbs said.
The shelter is offering a free vet visit, bag of food and litter box with the first 25 cats adopted.