Kitten Crisis: Herkimer Humane Society at Cat Capacity

By Julia Rose

Published 07/30 2014 06:16PM

Updated 07/31 2014 06:28PM

A local humane society is dealing with a kitten crisis. There's been a spike in abandoned and stray cats and kittens, so many of them that the Herkimer Humane Society is running out of room.

The facility is overcrowded with cats and costing the shelter quite a bit of money.

With kittens and cats combined the Herkimer Humane society is housing close to 75 cats. They are at capacity and say the influx in kittens is causing financial burdens and overcrowding.

"It seems to happen in cycles, you know this is the time of year for kittens and so sometimes it’s a little low and other times like right now it is overloaded with kittens,” says Herkimer Human Society volunteer Alesia Forlenza.

The kitten overload is causing some housing issues at the shelter.

"We have extra cages put in the office and we need people to foster because we're running out of room,” said Forlenza.

The baby animals require a lot of care so the more kittens, the more staff needed at the shelter.

"A lot of our kittens that come in don't even have their eyes open yet and we do bottle feedings and that's every two hours so it's hard on the staff and we're lucky we have some volunteers and foster homes,” said Joanne Johnson, Shelter Manager at the Herkimer Humane Society.

There's also the financial stress of an animal influx.

"Vet care, all cats and dogs are spayed and neutered before they leave, all up to date on their shots, which costs quite a bit for the shelter,” said Forlenza.

Most of the kittens are under ten weeks old and came into the humane society as orphans and now they're looking for their forever home.

“Our adoption fee for cats and kittens is $60 which is pretty low for this area and everywhere else, our goal is to get them placed into homes, we're not here to make money,” says Johnson.

Whether it's a kitten or an adult cat, the Herkimer Humane Society urges adopters to keep in mind that adoption is a life-long commitment.

If you’re interested in adopting a kitten or cat the Herkimer Humane Society is open every day except for Tuesdays.

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