The cat population at the St. Joseph County Humane Society has reached catastrophic levels.
“It’s catastrophic, I mean, that’s the best word I can come up with,” said Humane Society Director Dr. Carol Ecker. “We have so many animals and we don’t euthanize unless we absolutely have to, something very ill, something hurt.”
Today, the cat count at the Humane Society totaled 441, compared to 112 dogs.
“Some of the older cats have been here, we had some that were over here a year and a half,” said Dr. Ecker.
“Some people think they should be put down, no, I don’t think so.”
Instead, the management has decided to offer free cat adoptions during the entire month of June.
“We had a catastrophic cat day last year; it worked so well, we adopted 136 cats that day with no charge,” said Dr. Ecker.
June has 30 days and Dr. Ecker has high hopes for the 441 cats looking for a new home. “They need to be individualized and in homes where they can have their own couch, maybe two other cats to play with instead of 400.”
The cat adoption fee that will be waived during June can run as high as $100. The cats available for adoption have all been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and checked for feline leukemia. On the average, the cats will have received an estimated $300 in veterinary services.
“We hope to get down, if we had no cats left, I would be happy,” said Dr. Ecker. “Because they're not squirrels they're not groundhogs these are not things like that these are not wildlife they're domesticated animals who have had homes at one time.”
On May 30th, the Humane Society will start celebrating “Pet Week.” Events will include a garage sale at the headquarters in Mishawaka this weekend and next.
The fee for dog adoptions will cut in half to $100 for one week.