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Shelter over capacity for cats, needs to adopt 20 to avoid euthanizing

Multiple cats are at risk for euthanasia if they cannot be adopted out after the Clark County Animal Shelter took in nearly three dozen cats this week.

Clark County Animal Shelter Director Adreanna Wills said the shelter received 33 cats Tuesday morning and have been told there may be more.

She said with the multiple cats already being housed at the shelter, that makes nearly 60 cats under the care of the shelter — much more than they have room to house.

“Another agency responded to this home for another matter and discovered this issue,” Wills said. “The owner was willing to voluntarily surrender them to us through the recommendation of the other agency.”

The cats came from a hoarding-type situation that was being run as a rescue.

“Something I want people to realize is that not all rescues are legitimate,” she said. “Before people surrender their animals they need to see the facilities, talk to those people, do some research, check with local animal control to make sure there are no open cases there.

“Maybe these people have a good heart and they’re meaning to do well, but they can’t keep up with the number of animals they’ve taken in. Do some research before you surrender animals and contribute to a situation like this.”

Wills said now the 30 cages at her shelter are full, and if she can’t adopt out at least 20 cats in the next two days, many may need to be euthanized.

While monetary donations and donations of supplies are welcome, Wills said the main goal is to find new homes for the cats. Donations can be made at clarkshelter.org or at the shelter.

“We need homes,” she said. “We need to move cats out of the shelter.”

To encourage adoption, the normal adoption fee for cats has been reduced from $50 to $25. The fee includes spay or neuter, vaccinations, tests for feline leukemia and FIV, checks for parasites and microchipping.

“That’s about $300 worth of vetting for $25,” Wills said. “Several of the cats are receiving veterinary care for upper respiratory infections, and eye or ear infections but many were able to go right up for adoption after basic vet care. The ones that are healthy are available now along with others that were already at the shelter and looking for homes.”

The shelter is also running a special to try to rehome dogs that have been housed there for more than 30 days. Through Saturday, the fee for those dogs has been reduced to $50.

Many of the cats and dogs that are adoptable are posted on the shelter’s Facebook page.

The shelter, which is located at 5000 Ironworks Road at the Clark County Fairgrounds, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Wills is looking to extend some hours this week to make it easier for people to visit and adopt. The shelter will be open until 6 p.m. Friday.

For more information or to inquire about adoption, call the shelter at 859-737-0053.

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email whitney.leggett@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0049.

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