Photos: Cat, kitten crisis at Arizona Humane Society; no more room at shelter

Photos: Cat, kitten crisis at Arizona Humane Society; no more room at shelter

Credit: Arizona Humane Society

With almost 740 felines already in its care, the Arizona Humane Society has no room to take in more cats and kittens.

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 7 at 11:11 AM

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PHOENIX -- With almost 740 felines already in its care, the Arizona Humane Society has no room to take in more cats and kittens.

AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson broke it down.

  • 243 cats and kittens currently on the adoption floor
  • 299 in foster care
  • 114 waiting for a spot on the adoption for, waiting to be place in foster care, in the Second Chance Animal Hospital™ or on a 72-hour stray hold
  • 82 awaiting spay/neuter surgery

The cats in the photo gallery above and to the right are all on the adoption floor, waiting for somebody to take them home right now.

With so many cats and kittens needing forever homes, AHS launched a special campaign called Leave No Feline Behind. Implemented over the summer -- just in time for the summer breeding season -- Leave No Feline Behind waives the usual adoption fees in lieu of a monetary donation. You decide how much to give.

Average adoption fees for cats run about $50, but it costs much more to care for them -- more than $300 per animal.

According to AHS, a cat or kitten comes through its doors every seven minutes -- about 100 per day -- during the summer months. People often bring in entire litters of kittens.

"We are absolutely bombarded," Nelson told 3TV's Javier Soto when the program was launched in early July.

In addition to turn-ins, cats and kittens also are brought in by AHS  Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ (EAMTs™). That was the case with the three16-week-old kittens at the top of the page -- Gordo, Jemma and Violet.

Regardless of how they came to AHS, every one of the nearly 740 animals the organization is caring for needs a loving home.

"In addition to saving a life, by adding a shelter pet to one’s home they can enrich their own life through the joy that pets bring us," Nelson said in an email to media outlets Friday morning. "For those looking to adopt there has never been a better time to make a difference in the life of homeless animal."

The Leave No Feline Behind campaign will run for the next three weeks. There is a limit of two cats of kittens per household.

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