Apr 25, 2013 2:36 PM by Janine Reyes - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - The City of Corpus Christi is experiencing a large increase in the number of homeless and feral cats.
They're so crowded, they've had to turn people away from Animal Care Services Center several times in the past few weeks.
In all, the facility hold about 60 of the city's homeless cats, but once the cages are full, there's just no fitting any more.
"We have nowhere else to keep them. We can't hold onto those cats unless we have a cage to keep them in and facilities to keep them humanely," explained Captain Russel Sherman at the shelter.
That means anyone trapping feral cats or owners who need to surrender their pets may have nowhere to turn until cages become available.
Its a problem that gets worse each year - as the population multiplies.
With one pregnant cat comes an entire litter, so as you can only imagine, the problem is quickly magnified.
Right now, the problem's even worse. Haely Cyr at the Cattery says they too have to turn people and cats away daily.
"Its kitten season," she explained, "and unfortunately the beginning of every spring we're going to see an influx of kittens and homeless cats."
There are only two ways cats typically leave the Animal Services Center cages; they're adopted out, or euthanized. The Cattery takes what overflow they can handle. About 100 cats stay there without the risk of euthanasia.
Still, its a problem that keeps growing and a problem that can only be helped by responsible pet owners.
Just feeding a stray makes it yours by city ordinance.
"They think they're helping when a lot of times, they're creating colonies that otherwise would not exist," Sherman explained.
That means if its your cat, its your responsibility to spay or neuter it.
"The best way they can help is by getting the cats fixed and putting a dent in next kitten season," Cyr said.
The cattery does offer low cost spaying and neutering to anyone caring for cats. Typically, it costs $40 for female cats, and $30 for males.
For more information, call The Cattery at (361) 854-6369, or Corpus Christi Animal Care Services at 826-2489.