Cat Population Exploding, Adoption Deals Available - Tucson News Now

Cat Population Exploding, Adoption Deals Available

By Som Lisaius, KOLD News 13

From Las Vegas to Colorado Springs all the way to Tucson, cats in captivity are growing. There's always been a problem having pets spayed or neutered. Though now, it seems, more people consider cats less desirable, even disposable. And it's evident by the number of cats dropped off at shelters every day.

"We're seeing just a tremendous influx in cats and kittens-- 73% of the animals we take in are given up by their owners." Jill Wohlfeil is frustrated. Not only because the Humane Society has to put down three cats for every one that's adopted, but because this continues to be a bigger and bigger problem...almost every year.

"It's not a Humane Society or an Animal Control issue, it's a community issue," Wohlfeil says. "The community continues to produce about 30 thousand animals that there are not homes for every year." That's why the Humane Society of Southern Arizona is offering a two cats for the price of one. That's 80 dollars for two cats over four months old. Or 95 dollars for two kittens.

Right now, the local shelter has about 150 cats available for adoption. This time of year, there's always a spike. Though lately, numbers suggest fewer people are having their cats spayed or neutered. That's a real problem, Wohlfeil says. Especially when you consider a cat's gestation period is only three months. That's four litters a year. With an average of 5 to 7 kittens...per litter.

Says Wohlfeil says, "One cat and her offspring in seven years can produce 420 thousand cats. That's why there are so many." Not only that, but for whatever reason a missing cat is almost always chalked up to coyotes or some other predator. Whenever a dog is missing, owners usually check every shelter in town. Wohlfeil says missing cat owners should do the same.

"We're open seven days a week from nine to six. We have cats of every size, shape, color and personality...something to fit everyone's lifestyle. So please come down and adopt."

So far this year, the Humane Society of southern Arizona has taken in 1746 cats and adopted 697 of them. You see similar numbers in Colorado Springs with 1638 cats and 1093 adoptions respectively. Now consider Las Vegas. Las Vegas Animal Control has already taken in nearly 92-hundred cats this year. Only about 1250 have been adopted--meaning nearly 8-thousand cats had to be put down in one city alone.

Most of us realize the animal population is a big problem. But it doesn't really sink in until we take a closer look at the numbers.

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