For most individuals, the phrases “animal shelter” routinely conjure up a picture of canine. There are almost as many cats and kittens in shelters as there are canine, and outcomes for them are far much less more likely to be constructive.
Two comparisons illustrate the feline drawback. Cats symbolize almost 70% of all shelter animals euthanized; about twice the variety of canine. Fewer cats are reunited with their house owners; roughly 90,000 claimed vs. 620,000 canine claimed.
Associates of Marshall Animals (FOMA) is making strides in serving to extra shelter cats discover houses. In keeping with Jana Hernandez, FOMA Adoption, Foster, and Transportation Supervisor, a number of the strategies they use to position canine can’t be used with cats.
“Cat adoption occasions all should be held indoors,” stated Hernandez.
FOMA at the moment showcases adoptable cats at Petsense in Marshall, alternating time with the Harrison County Humane Society’s Pet Place. They’re additionally posted on Fb and on the Petfinder and Undertake a Pet web sites.
FOMA has by no means earlier than positioned cats on transport for adoption in different states. Kelli Smith and Jennifer Kridakorn, FOMA Cat Foster and Adoption Coordinators, hope to vary that.
“Megan Benson actually began the ball rolling on this, and I’m wanting ahead to implementing the plan,” stated Smith, including that they’re ready for adoption ranges, which fell for cats earlier within the Covid-19 pandemic, to get again to regular in goal states.
Presently, virtually as many cats are being adopted by FOMA’s foster program as canine. In 2019, solely two cats had been fostered and adopted this manner, and 58 in 2020. Thus far this 12 months, 102 cats have come underneath FOMA’s care.
Each Smith and Hernandez agree that the most important hurdle to saving extra cats and kittens is an absence of volunteers, particularly fosters.
Editor’s notice: Content material supplied by the Associates of Marshall Animals.