Animals

Huntsville Animal Services faced with ‘cat’ astrophic admission numbers

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Since the summer of 2022, Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) has been consistently taking in many cats and kittens. They are now taking steps to try and reduce the flow of cats entering the shelter.

HAS will not accept cats and kittens for a short time in order to be able to offer lower adoption rates until Monday 5 December.

Since June, the shelter has seen an increase in feline residents. According to a Facebook post, the HAS has never been without litter boxes for the past 20 years, but has now become a recurring problem.

Recently, a cold has spread through the cat area of ​​the shelter, causing watery eyes, runny noses, and sneezing. HAS hopes to adopt as many cats and kittens as possible so they can sanitize the cat room and hopefully stop the common cold virus. They will also provide any medications needed to treat those who do get adopted.

“We can and still will help sick, injured and distressed cats,” said director Karen Sheppard. “But instead of placing them here at the shelter, we will commit to providing supplies, emergency foster homes and medicines for owners and caretakers to take care of them elsewhere.”

The trap, castration, release program is also affected. The community is being asked to wait to catch cats and bring them to the shelter for spay/neuter until after December 5.

Dr. Sheppard says the increase came as cat adoptions declined and the number of cats surrendered increased.

“Our plea is for people to come adopt a cat or kitten and hold off on catching cats,” she said. “We never want to deny service if we can help it, but this pause is absolutely necessary to get the cat population back to a manageable capacity.”

Adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and chipped. They also come with a city permit and a free bag of pet food. Those unable to adopt are asked to consider foster care.

Adoption fees for adult cats are waived and all kittens are $35. On the website, you can view some of the cats and kittens available for adoption.

The shelter is located at 4950 Triana Boulevard SW and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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