• Laura Lynn O’Nan, Education Coordinator

Help! We are jam-packed with cats.

Every year from early spring through late fall thousands of tiny kittens are born to an uncertain living situation. Many become homeless strays, fending for themselves on the streets, begging at the doors of homeowners and business owners for scraps to survive. Pet overpopulation is a very real problem in this county and around the world. In more rural communities like ours where barn cats abound, every rescue and adoption organization is jam-packed with homeless cats and kittens this time of year.

Did you know a single unaltered or unfixed cat can produce up to 24 kittens in just one year? Or, that cats are mature enough to have babies at just 4-5 months old? In a seven year span one cat and her offspring can produce up to 420,000 kittens. For every human baby born there are 45 kittens born. It’s estimated that there are up to 70 million homeless cats in the United States alone.

Many homeless fur babies end up in already overflowing rescue organizations across the country. These organizations stretch their limited resources to test, vaccinate, surgically sterilize and provide a temporary home for strays until they are adopted. This is where people like you come in. We need you to adopt a homeless pet and provide a safe, healthy and loving forever home .

Here at the Woodford Humane Society, we too are overflowing in cats. We are currently caring for over 100 cats and kittens ranging in age from 6 weeks to 16 years. Every cat that comes through our doors is treated like our very own until they find the forever home they have been waiting for. Some wait just days; others wait weeks, months and even years to find that right home. Our longest term resident kitty came to us mid October of 2016. She is just 3 months shy of her two year anniversary. Why has she been here so long? It could be that she is no longer the cute, fuzzy kitten everybody is pulled to, or that she is quiet and patient when people walk by instead of reaching out to demand attention. It’s hard to tell why some cats find homes sooner than others.

How can you help homeless kitties here in Woodford County? Open your home to a furry family member and adopt one from us. For every pet adopted, another can come in and begin its journey to a forever home. If you’re not ready to adopt, give a donation to help provide for the care of homeless cats while they lodge with us. And always spay and neuter your pets and encourage friends and family to do so as well. This will help reduce the amount of animals that wind up homeless. If cost is an issue, contact the adoption center to find out more about our low-cost spay and neuter voucher program. You can reach us for more information at manager@woodfordhumane.org or 859-873-5491.

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