Feral Cat Problem Leads to Shelter Overcrowding

Today 65 adult cats were up for adoption at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Employees tell NewsWatch12 overcrowding is a huge issue in our region.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017 7:02 PM
Updated: Nov. 12, 2017 7:06 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Adopting homeless cats and kittens can only treats the symptoms of overpopulation in local shelters. 

Rabbitt (Jane Babbitt) with the Jackson County Animal Shelter, "Please get your cat spayed and neutered because if they're feeding their breeding and that's how the overpopulation keeps happening."

Studies show that one mating can result in thousands of cats and kittens in just a handful of years.

Rabbit says, "We had a third wave this year and whether it's the weather or who knows what that is but it was an usual year and for us to have 60 kittens in foster care November is very unusual."

The shelter says the high number of cats and kittens are the result of cat owners who don't spay and neuter the cats and kittens they feed.

Rabbit says, "We still have 60 kittens in foster care who will be coming in the next few weeks if you are looking for a kitten and it's very, very busy year for that but as it gets colder that slows down a little bit."

TContact SNYP at 541-858-3325 or online at www.spayneuter.org to learn more about their on-going low-cost spay/neuter programs for dogs and for owned, stray, and feral cats.

Regarding Adoptions:
• Karen Evans, Executive Director, SoHumane, 541-779-3215
• Barbara Talbert, Manager, Jackson County Animal Services, 541-774-6644

Regarding Spay/Neuter Agency:
• Sally Mackler, Spay/Neuter Your Pet (SNYP), 541-858-3325

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