Too Many Cats, Not Enough Homes

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis has an abundance of cats, and the shelter is telling those who are thinking about getting a feline that now is the perfect time.

The Humane Society says it has about 70 cats up for adoption, which does not include the 70 other kittens that will soon be arriving once they are big enough to leave their foster homes.

“Summer is a really hard time for shelters in general,” said Emily James, the Resource Development Director at Heartland Humane Society. “It’s the breeding season for cats. So there are many, many kittens, and we also get a lot of adult cats.”

The Humane Society says the issue isn’t just having more felines than usual. Many of the cats simply are not finding homes.

“We have had a drop in our traffic here at the shelter for adoption and for visiting,” James said.

The slow demand for cats in Corvallis could be because many people are gone for the summer.

“There’s a feral cat problem in most areas, and especially in Corvallis and the surrounding area,” James said. “Being a college town, there are a lot of people who move in, have pets, and leave. And sometimes they’re not able to care for those pets afterward. Hopefully they bring them to us, but sometimes they just let them go.”

The Humane Society wants to remind everyone to make sure their pets are neutered or spayed.

“The majority of the kittens we get are because people haven’t spayed or neutered,” James said. “That’s what it takes, two intact cats to tango.”

With more cats coming in, space is running out, and the Humane Society says it is concerned.

“Please, please, please spay or neuter your cats,” James said. “A pair of cats can create a multitude of kittens.”

Heartland says if people are unable to pay for their cats to get spayed or neutered, the shelter can help match pet owners to resources.

So what happens to the cats who don’t find homes? James says if need be, the Humane Society will send the cats to other shelters.

“We’re going to exhaust every other option we have before we opt to euthanize,” James said.

The adoption cost for kittens is $100, $80 for adults, and $40 for seniors. The cost does include spaying or neutering, de-worming, flea treatment, a microchip, and a free trip to see a veterinarian.

The Heartland Humane Society is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon-6pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm.


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  1. unknown says:

    The problem is pet owners not getting there animals fixed . All animals have the right to live in healthy happy homes as well as humans. The sad thing is now in theses days its hard to take real good care of them like they should be so we now have way to many of them. I would hope that these cats and kittens find real good homes with caring and loving people cause just like children they dont ask to be brought into this world.

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