Local Shelter Overflowing with Cats, Kittens

Carson is a three month old, male Domestic Shorthair.
Carson is a three month old, male Domestic Shorthair.

Carson is one of the many cats that are waiting for homes at the City/County Animal Shelter. The shelter currently has 37 adoptable animals, including 30 cats.

Adoption special being offered

There are too many kittens and cats at the City/County Animal Shelter.

“We’ve had an influx of cats over the past few months,” Shelter Assistant Carolyn Sears said. “When a cat goes missing from a home, many owners do not follow up with us to see if their cat is here.”

Sears said transitioning an animal into a shelter is always a difficult process for animals, especially older cats.

“Older cats typically spend more time at the animal shelter than kittens,” she added, noting that most people are attracted to the cute, small kittens and pass over the adults altogether.

For this and other reasons, adult and senior cats who come to the shelter have a more difficult time finding homes.

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“The interested adopter may already have existing pets,” she said. “They may be under the false impression that bringing home an older cat could cause problems in the household, which is often not the case.”

Another reason adopting a senior cat may have less appeal for adopters is that older felines may be perceived to be more prone to illness or disease. However, Sears said that all cats at the shelter are examined by a veterinarian before they can even go up for adoption, and any pre-existing conditions that may be diagnosed are always relayed to the adopter.

An advantage of adopting an older cat is that they are already litter box trained, Sears added with a smile. There are also a number of older cats that have been surrendered to the shelter that are declawed. While declawing is often frowned upon these days, people can check the shelter to see if there is a declawed cat needing a home.

“They sure scratch up the furniture less,” she said.

To help encourage adoption, the City/County Animal Shelter is offering a special promotion where all cats over one year of age are only $15. All cats adopted from the shelter are also spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.

To view adoptable pets in Gillette, click here.

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Follow the link to complete a City of Gillette/Campbell County Adoption Application form.

To surrender a cat, or to get help with kittens or strays — especially if they are pregnant or nursing — call (307) 686-5249 or contact the City/County Animal Shelter online.


Brooke Byelich contributed to this story.