BEAVER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – It’s an issue that has been plaguing animal shelters throughout the space.
“We don’t usually see this kind of a wave until later in the year, usually hitting the end of June, first of July,” stated Diane Less with Angels for Animals.
But Less says Angels for Animals has been seeing a gentle improve in surrendered cats and kittens since March — 426 final month alone.
Ironically, this improve in surrendered cats and kittens comes at a time when donations to Angels for Animals have been falling off.
“People are… can’t send us their $25 or $50 because they gotta put it in the gas tank. We understand that. In the meantime, our problem’s getting worse,” Less stated.
Right now, Angels for Animals homes about 400 cats at its facility in Beaver Township, with one other 300-400 in foster care. But with dozens extra coming in every day — and plenty of of them sick — employees are compelled to determine which is able to finally be euthanized.
“I would say it’s probably like a 60/40 thing. We get a lot of feral cats — so feral cats aren’t adoptable. But we truly try to give everybody the best shot that we can,” stated Aynnalise Moore with Angels for Animals.
Directors say the greatest answer can be to have these cats fostered or adopted, however wanting that’s for homeowners to have their animals neutered, even providing to spay adults and their kittens.
“You can come out here and buy vouchers. You can get the whole litter fixed for less than you’d pay to have one cat fixed at a private vet,” Less stated.
In the meantime, Angels for Animals employees concern the downside will solely worsen.