Animal shelter overrun by cats and kittens

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

"Can we get one?" The words that many parents protest, but many animal shelters say they are not hearing enough of.

The Floyd County Animal Shelter is no exception, and they are running into a problem specifically dealing with little feline furballs.

"Cats and kittens are being brought in every day, litters and litters of cats and kittens," said Shauna Brown, Animal Shelter Manager.

Those four-legged felines are everywhere you look.

"We have cats in the bathroom. We have cats on our porch. I mean we've got cats in every room," said Brown.

They say some of them are strays that people find and bring in, but not all of them.

"People own these cats that don't have them fixed and then just want to bring the litters in, so that's why we're asking people to do some spaying to try to get some of this under control," said Brown.

Animal shelter employees say that one cat can have several hundred kittens in her lifetime, and spring and summer are usually when they breed making this time of year especially busy for the shelter.

"Some of them are too young to even eat on their own. We're having to bottle feed. It's crazy," said Brown.

Some of them are only two weeks old, just barely able to open their eyes.

They say they want to take in every cat they can, but they are running out of space and money very fast because they are funded solely on donations.

"As long as all these cages are full we can't take anything else," said Brown.

They are urging people to consider adoption when looking for a furry friend.

To contact the shelter about adopting or donating, call (606) 886-3189.

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