Friday, June 28, 2019
Pieter Lanser / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0/MGN. Kittens, Photo Date: 11/27/2009
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A local shelter is in need of more adopters and fosters to combat the overflow of cats and kittens in their shelter.
"It is a cat crisis," said Barbara Nelson, President and CEO of SPCA. "I have never seen the situation this bad."
The SPCA Albrecht Center, known as being a "no-kill" shelter, says they are close to having to consider euthanasia for the first time in seven years. It's all because there are too many cats coming in.
"We were never designed to have the sort of capacity that we have," said Nelson.
The shelter has already worked to fix the problem, sending some cats to stay in Bone-i-fide Bakery and the SPCA Thrift Store in Mitchell Plaza, but it's not getting the job done.
“We simply have not had enough adoptions to make up for the number of cats entering our doors every day,” Claire Grimes, Development Director at the SPCA Albrecht Center, explains, “We are very grateful for those that have saved a life by adopting from us, but we need more adopters.”
The SPCA Albrecht Center has been offering free cat adoptions for the past two months to try to fix the issue. The SPCA’s affordable spay and neuter clinic have improved slightly on the number of kittens being born, but the pace at which cats reproduce cannot be beaten without homes willing to take them in.
“In the 15 years that I have been a part of this organization, I have never seen this level of overpopulation of cats and kittens. We have no more space for them. They must find homes,” urges Nelson.
The SPCA is urging people across the CSRA to come to their shelter, located at 199 Willow Run, in Aiken, and adopt or foster some of these cats and kittens.
Starting Saturday morning, SPCA will also be doing adoptions at Mitchell Thrift Store at the shopping center on Whiskey Road.
The shelter will be open on Saturday, June 29th, and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this upcoming week from 11 am to 5 pm, closed on Thursday for the Fourth. All cats and kittens will be fee-waived.
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