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Shelters still coping with surge of cats

Shelters still coping with surge of cats

Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes’ animal shelters are still dealing with a large amount of cats and kittens from the annual surge that happens around this time of year.

Last month, both shelters offered $15 adoption specials for cats to move them out of their facilities. Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter adopted out 60 cats and kittens while Lafourche adopted out 52.

“When it comes to cats, this is certainly the busy season every year for us. More cats than anything, but certainly all animals we’re looking for homes for them,” said Valerie Robinson, manager of the Terrebonne shelter. “We still have plenty more cats and kittens. We are still very much full on them, so we still need people to adopt.”

Hillary Detillier, manager of the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter, said while the adoption specials helped, there are just too many cats and kittens being born for adoption to be the answer. Detillier said the only way they’re going to be able to make a dent in the number of stray and feral cats is for people to spay and neuter their cats and bring in any stray or feral cats they find for surgery.

From June 1, 2016, to June 1 of this year, the Lafourche shelter had taken in 961 cats, compared to the 554 it received during the same period last year. At June 13′s Lafourche Parish Council meeting, Detillier spoke on the spike in cats and kittens and told officials the shelter is applying for a grant from PetSmart to try to address some of the problems.

Meanwhile, the Petco Foundation gave a grant to the Terrebonne shelter this year to provide free spay and neuter surgeries for cats. The shelter was able to provide 856 surgeries in just a few months before the grant was used up. Robinson said the shelter is looking into more grant options so it can continue providing the free surgeries.

“Adoption is just a temporary measure. It’s helps, but it’s not going to solve the problem. We need to get as many cats as possible spayed and neutered if we’re going to slow the amount of strays we’re getting down. I don’t think we can stop it, but we can make more of a difference with more spay and neuter surgeries,” Detillier said.

 

-- Staff Writer Dan Boudreaux can be reached at 857-2204 or dan.boudreaux@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_boudreaux.