There aren’t enough families adopting cats and kittens and North Platte Animal Shelter has too many felines right now, Paws-itive Partners spokeswoman Jo Mayber said.
When the shelter fills up, the alternative is to send cats to farms around the area or to euthanize them. To help, Paws-itive Partners is offering another solution.
Paws-itive Partners’ position is that most cats are domesticated and very few transition well from the shelter to farms. They are fed and warm at the shelter, so not many thrive when released in the rural environment.
Because of that, Paws-itive Partners’ board of directors proposed a plan.
As an incentive to adopt now, Paws-itive Partners will provide $50 credit toward the spaying or neutering of any cat or kitten from North Platte Animal Shelter. In addition to Paws-itive Partners’ help, an anonymous donor has offered to pay half of the $20 adoption fee for cats and kittens that are adopted by Dec. 6.
“If people have thought of adding a cat to their family, we want them to do it right now," board member Jean Whyte said. "We are encouraging people to adopt their new friend tomorrow, as soon as the shelter opens for business. There are pets available, from calicos to solid colors to stripes, from short to long hair. There are kittens as young as just a few weeks to well-trained senior cats.”
Becoming a cat owner is a big decision and not made lightly.
Board member Levaun Beyer suggested you ask yourself if you are prepared to care for the pet the rest of its life, often 15 or more years.
“If you make the commitment, adopting a cat is the beginning of years of purrs, cuddles and entertainment,” Beyer said. “Cats might require a little more time to integrate into a family than a dog, but it’s worth the effort. There’s a lot of information on the internet for you to read and help your cat to get acquainted with its new family’s ways,” Beyer said.
Whyte and Beyer, cat owners themselves, said the variety of cats and kittens at North Platte Animal Shelter makes now the "purr-fect time" to adopt.
“We hope the public steps up to save lives," Beyer said. "It’s winter and it’s cold and cats need to be adopted to homes where they’ll live inside."