At a time when the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center finds itself awash with cats and kittens of all descriptions, officials are asking potential owners to consider adopting one or more of the felines this month.
June, after all, is national Adopt-A-Cat Month.
“It breaks my heart to see so many cats at the center,” board member and shelter volunteer Johnnie Golden said. “If we can’t find good homes for them, many will have to be put down.”
Golden told of one cat in particular, a black one without a tail, who begs to be let out of its cage every time someone walks by.
“I hope he will be adopted,” she said. “I hope he hasn’t had to be put down yet.”
Spring and summer is the time of year when every animal shelter in the United States receives dozens of litters of kittens, and Golden said the local center is no exception.
“We’re getting more cats every day,” Golden said. “And this is in addition to the ones we already have.”
Adopt-A-Cat Month is sponsored by 9Lives Morris’ Million Cat Rescue, a campaign led by the the cat food giant’s own mascot, Morris, who was originally rescued from an animal shelter in Chicago in 1968.
According to national American Humane statistics provided by Golden, only about one in four of the millions of cats who enter shelters each year is adopted. Almost 75 percent of them must be euthanized.
Golden said while pet ownership can reduce a person’s blood pressure, cats provide benefits that other pets can’t. Cats provide entertainment and companionship, are affectionate, clean and easy to house train, are independent and can be left alone for periods of time and are comfortable in small places like apartments.
Golden added that owners should spay or neuter their pets to prevent animal overpopulation, which leads to the overcrowding conditions at animal shelters such as that experienced at the Corrine Smith Animal Center.
The center at 3016 Milam Dr. in Camp Bowie is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The adoption fee for a cat is $90, which center officials said is a bargain when owners consider that it covers spaying or neutering, rabies shots, microchip, booster shots and worming.