PHOENIX -- There's a cat crisis going on at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC).
According to MCACC, the spring and summer months bring an influx of cats that no shelter can handle. MCACC's cat intake numbers nearly tripled from January 2009 to July 2009, increasing from 618 to 1,740.
MCACC's centers do not have room for the amount of cats generally seen in the summer months and the agency's foster homes and offices are full of litters and animals that need a little extra care to survive.
Spokeswoman Aprille Hollis said many of the cats brought to MCACC are healthy, happy animals, just needing a loving home.
MCACC is trying to find homes for all their desperate cats and hopes to educate the public about the many ways that responsible pet ownership can reduce pet overpopulation.
MCACC has lowered the cost of cat adoptions for the month of June at both of their Animal Care Centers (2500 S. 27th Ave. in Phoenix and 2630 W. Eighth St. in Mesa). Cats over 6 months old are only $34, the cost of a rabies vaccination. Kittens are $50. Take home two felines, and the second one is half price. The fee includes a spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination (if over 3 months), and a PETCO adoption booklet.
"Adopting a cat not only saves a life, it brings love and companionship into your home," Hollis said. "And who doesn’t need a little more love in their lives?"
If you are already a cat owner, Hollis said you can help by being a responsible owner. Spay or neuter your cats. It greatly reduces the urge to fight, spray and roam.
Hollis also advised keeping your cat indoors. It prevents the risk of disease, exposure and injuries from other animals, and keeps them safe from cars.
Keep an ID tag on your cat. That way if your cat gets lost, it will help to ensure he gets back to you.
Provide daily food, water and care to your cat. It will help guarantee a healthy, happy cat and a loving relationship.
Visit www.pets.maricopa.gov for locations and more information or call 602-506-PETS (7387).