As the summer begins, shelters across the country are facing an increase in kittens and cats brought in for adoption. One Phoenix, Arizona shelter is facing the prospect of euthanizing cats for the first time in five years.
Every summer, the shelter deals with a seasonal “cat crunch,” spokeswoman Kim Noetzel said, but this year, the surge of surrendered cats is coming earlier and stronger.
The Arizona Humane Society is facing the double-whammy of a huge increase in cats being given to the shelter and a 30 percent drop in adoptions.
Space will only get tighter at the shelter, Noetzel said. Often, by late June, the shelter will receive 1,200 to 1,400 cats per week.
P.S. Remember, June is Adopt-A-Cat month.