Animal shelter overrun with cats
The Durham County Animal Shelter’s cat population is so high these days that they’ve run out of cages.
That’s forcing the shelter to place many of the felines in pet carriers, which is far from ideal.
To ease overcrowding, the shelter has cut its adoption fee from $95 to $25 through Saturday. Included in the fee are spaying or neutering, an identification microchip, vaccinations and a leukemia test.
“People are surrendering their cats, they’re coming in as strays, they’re just coming in every way that you could imagine,” Shafonda Davis, the shelter’s director, said Monday. “They’re deciding that their cats are too much, or they’re failing to spay and neuter and bringing in litters. We’re seeing a surge in ferals (wild cats) and strays.”
The shelter had 133 cats when it opened Monday, and Davis said a busy day could bring in 20 to 40 more. She said the problem is bad, but about the same as last year at this time.
“We always see a surge in cats this time of year,” Davis said. “It’s usually the time of year when cats are reproducing. There are just so many cats, and so few people looking to adopt.”
By law, the shelter must hold an animal five business days before it’s euthanized.
“But generally, our policy is to hold them as long as they are healthy and we have room to keep them,” Davis said. “So the problem now is that we have healthy, adoptable pets and no place for them to go.”
Davis said most of the shelter’s kittens and cats would make good companions.
“They’re healthy and happy,” she said. “Some of them have great personalities. I think shelter cats make some of the best pets in the world.”
For information about adopting animals, call the Durham County Animal Shelter at 919-560-0640 and press 8. To adopt an animal, visit the shelter at 2117 E. Club Blvd. from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday; from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.