There is a very large cat overpopulation problem in our area. Because so many cats are not spayed or neutered, we are bombarded with kittens every year, often twice a year. Most of these kittens are orphaned, injured or sick, and require around the clock care to get them healthy. This leaves us with an abundance of cats every year.
It may often take us the remainder of the year to adopt out those kittens (by then grown into cats). We have limited space and resources to care for cats, and when that space is full, we are unable to take in any more cats. Unfortunately this is a common problem for us and the community – we are often full and unable to take in more cats.
Cats get sick very quickly when they are overcrowded and stressed. Cats as a species do enjoy having a lot of personal space. We need to ensure that we don’t overcrowd our cat spaces, so our cats can remain healthy and ready for adoption into new homes. There are guidelines set in place by ASPCA shelter veterinarians, which we try to follow for the well-being of all our cats.
Any new cats to the shelter must also spend at least two weeks in a room away from our cat room in quarantine to make sure they are adjusting to the shelter easily and are healthy. This also requires space to be available in our quarantine room, in addition to the larger cat room where they will be moved after the two weeks.
As we work together as a community to get as many cats spayed and neutered as possible, this problem will diminish and hopefully will go away for good. It will be a happy day when we will be able to take in any cat in need that is brought to us. We would love to be able to help them all. But sometimes we simply can’t.
We do take in cats from the community as we have space and are able to do this. We do also keep a waiting list for cats waiting to come into the shelter. We are only able to take cats that are socialized and friendly with people and other cats. Sometimes the wait is very long. We cannot bring cats in from the waiting list unless we have the space in the shelter to care for them properly. It is best, and usually fastest, for you to try to find a home for your cat on your own. Family and friends may be happy to take your cat, or perhaps they know someone who is looking for a new cat.