This summer at Macon County Animal Control shelter, purring fur-balls over-runneth.
According to Macon County Animal Control Director John Hook, there’s been an all-out fur fest at his facility for the past several weeks. At one point, more than 60 cats and kittens were available for adoption at the agency, all in danger of being euthanized if they did not find a home.
Fortunately, some of the friendly felines have found homes, but many still remain. Presently, says Hook, there are about 31 cats and kittens in the shelter.
For a limited time, one can adopt a cat or kitten from the shelter for almost half price. The adoption cost, which has been dropped from $65 to $35, includes the required shots as well as spaying and neutering.
Why so many cats?
“It’s the season,” says Hook, noting that about a month ago the shelter had an influx of strays, some of whom were pregnant. “They ended up delivering their kittens, and over a period of time, we had five mothers nursing litters back there. They add up fast.”
Hook explained that the reason for this year’s bumper crop of cats is that usually more stray females are caught before they get pregnant. “This year it has just sort of caught up with us,” he said. “About three months ago all the females got pregnant, and now they’re dropping them.”
In a search for families or individuals who want to adopt, some of the animals have been taken to the Cherokee Animal Clinic, but those who remain still need homes. Hook noted that he was glad none of the kittens have had to be euthanized so far.
As always, Hook has one message for Maconians:
“Please, spay and neuter your pets.”
For more information on how to adopt a cat from Macon County Animal Control, call (828)349-2106. The office is located on Lakeside Drive adjacent to the landfill.