Juneau’s animal shelter has too many cats

Cats and kittens had been absolutely booked on the Juneau Animal Rescue Heart on July 21, 2022. (Paige Sparks / KTOO)

Juneau Animal Rescue has too many cats. To be actual, 142 cats arrived in 111 days.

The town shelter asks folks to think about welcoming a brand new member of the family, quickly or eternally, and invite folks to spay and neuter cats they have already got.

Government Director Samantha Blankenship stated the neighborhood strengthened after the shelter began posting on social media, however extra assist continues to be wanted.

Samantha Blankenship retains a lately repaired cat at Juneau Animal Rescue Heart on July 21, 2022. (Photograph by Paige Sparks / KTOO)

“We did our greatest to carry the cats into foster care and undertake them as shortly as attainable,” stated Blankenship.

He stated that is the very best variety of cats – and kittens specifically – needing a house that Juneau Animal Rescue has seen in twenty years.

“I feel we have had 12 or 13 litters previously three months,” he stated. “We additionally produce other folks with litters that we’re working with who haven’t even entered the shelter.”

This can be partly because of the lack of veterinarians influencing spay charges and spaying procedures right here within the metropolis, he stated.

“There’s a nationwide veterinary scarcity. So Juneau was hit extremely arduous by that, “Blankenship stated.

Certainly one of Juneau’s three vets, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Heart, will shut on the finish of the month.

Traditionally, the shelter has been capable of supply low-cost neutering and neutering providers to those that qualify as low-income, however don’t at the moment have an in-house veterinarian and native vets have been very busy.

A little girl holds a kitten in her arms and looks at him adoringly
Keltah Dougherty and her grandmother attempt to undertake a kitten at Juneau Animal Rescue on July 21, 2022. (Photograph by Paige Sparks / KTOO)

Laura Stats and her niece, Keltah Daughtery, stopped by Juneau Animal Rescue on Thursday to undertake a kitten.

Statistics say it was a coincidence that they entered when the shelter wanted extra cat adopters.

“Properly, in the present day we expect we wish to undertake a kitten simply because we expect it will make a pleasant addition to our household,” Stats stated.

Keltah was taking a look at a tortoiseshell kitten named Twilight Moon – or as she calls it, the Tiny One.

Blankenship stated he hopes extra households like Keltah’s will determine that is the correct time to welcome a cat.

Within the meantime, he needs Juneau residents to neuter and spay their pets as quickly as attainable.

It additionally encourages folks to maintain them in and away from different mature animals if they aren’t but altered.

These fascinated with adoption may go to juneauanimalrescue.org.

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