Cats still outnumber spaces at local shelter

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Shelter volunteer Aaron Connors (left) and staff member Robynn Hatton cuddles Max and Allie, two cats who are looking for good homes.

AMHERST – The Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter tried to give them good homes at a discounted fee during their adopt-a-thon before Christmas, but not many were adopted.

“It didn’t go very well,” said shelter acting president Paul Carr. “I think we only found homes for five or six.”

The number of stray cats has been a continued problem for the shelter. Carr said the shelter’s staff and volunteers have taken in as many as they can but continually find themselves having to turn away people who bring them in.

“We have between 30 and 35 cats right now and we have a waiting list for more,” he said. “Every day, we get more calls and we have to turn them away. It’s difficult, but what can you do? You can’t take them all.”

The shelter was having trouble with the number of cats coming in during this past summer. At the time, they were housing 42 cats, above their limit of 25.

Carr said the staff at the shelter have also asked people coming in with stray cats to take them to the Moncton SPCA.

“It’s not a great alternative,” said Carr. “But it’s the best we can do.”

Carr said he hopes with turnover, as cats get adopted out, they will be able to bring more in. Unfortunately, he said the high numbers of strays usually stays about the same.

Currently, the shelter is relying heavily on foster families, which Carr said they could use more off.

“A lot of times, we try to get the people who found them to foster them,” he said. “We’ll provide the food and medication that they need. It gives them temporary housing until we can find a place for them.”

Anyone interested in becoming a foster family for a stray cat can contact the shelter for more information.

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter

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  • Reality Check
    March 04, 2014 - 09:54

    Obviously the only people who comment here are jilted. Get over it! These animals have been abandoned due to irresponsible horrible owners. The shelter takes them in and tries to create a system that will ensure the animal is adopted to a good home! They never want the animal to be back at their shelter, sent to another shelter or left to fend for themselves outside. If you can not think of 3 people to vouch for you as a responsible pet owner, then you obviously should not have animals. Finding 3 people should be the EASIEST thing! The shelter is not making money from adoptions. $50 for a cat and they spay/neuter them, get their vaccinations and treat them for fleas. You will NEVER be able to do all that for $50 on your own. When the shelter is spending all that money on these cats, they have ever damn right to ask a lot of questions! I know lots of people who were approved to adopt a cat the same day or the next day!

  • Caged Animals
    January 07, 2013 - 08:14

    The application process to adopt a pet from the Animal Shelter is ridiculous. It's almost easier to adopt a child!! At some point, they have to realize that they are adopting out ANIMALS...of course they should go to a good home but I don't think all the paper work is necessary. I've heard of people being denied pets because they were too old, worked during the day and another because her last pet hadn't been vaccinated. Wouldn't the ANIMAL be in a better place to live in a loving home even if the owner is a senior, or works for a living or can't afford shots as opposed to staying at the Shelter and being locked in cages??? Can you imagine if the shelter had to fill out paper work to get the animals there? 1. Animal will be locked in cage for large amount of time - check. 2. Animal will be in unnatural environment - check. 3. Animal will be around large amounts of other caged animals - check. At some point you have to consider that you are adopting out animals and they'd be better off most places besides being stuck at the shelter! Drop the jumping through hoops, otherwise, people will continue getting free pets off kijiji with no hassle and your shelter will be full forever.

  • Dawn
    January 06, 2013 - 22:50

    The references are required at most responsible shelters, and they don't necessarily call all three... They just want to make sure the cats are going to good homes - that the adopters are morally and financially responsible to care for the life of an animal. Honestly, how hard is it to come up with three people that you know that would vouch for you and say that you absolutely adore animals and are able to give a cat a healthy home environment....

  • mary
    January 06, 2013 - 17:16

    You almost have to write an application in blood in order to qualify to get a pet. It's one thing to be sure they go to a good home but it's another thing to make people jump through hoops and be questioned as if they were hardened criminals. I'll go elsewhere to get my pets - and that's why they can't get rid of them.

  • know it all
    January 05, 2013 - 22:51

    Only found homes for 5-6 but turned down 50-60 people because they didnt bring 2-3 references with them or didnt meet the extemely high standards that the shelter insist on - who in the h*ll do these people think they are asking people for references to adopt a cat - get a grip people and stop pertending your GOD

  • Theresa Ellis
    January 05, 2013 - 17:29

    Paul Carr is the Acting President of the Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter not the President as stated.