After a death in his family, a man contacted Paws-itive Partners last week asking for help to re-home his fathers' cats. There were 18 of them.
They are not just any cats, but Siamese cats, Ragdoll cats, black cats and Morris – the – Cat cats. Cats from four weeks in age to seniors.
Paws-itive Partners contacted regional shelters but they said they already had too many cats, so many of the cats ended up in the North Platte shelter.
In an effort to help with the full house at North Platte Animal Shelter, this week Paws-itive Partners is encouraging people to adopt the cats and kittens.
Paws-itive Partners will pay half the adoption fee for the house pets. All the deceased man's cats lived indoors, so none of them are suitable to go outside or be a farm cat. Most of the cats have been spayed or neutered. If there is a cat that hasn't been altered, Paws-itive Partners can assist with a portion of that expense, if needed.
When Paws-itive Partners offered an adoption incentive earlier in the year, all the shelter cats got adopted, organizer Jo Mayber said.
"We hope that happens again and that people will step up and open homes and hearts to a new family member," Mayber said.
"Last time, we received the nicest note from a North Platte family,” she said. “The family had been thinking about adopting another cat and hearing that so many cats needed a home was their incentive to do so. They thanked Paws-itive Partners for giving them the nudge they needed to adopt. Their new cat was a wonderful addition to their family."
Potential adopters are encouraged to visit North Platte Animal Shelter as soon as possible. The half-price adoption incentive continues until Friday, July 11 at closing time. Adopters will need to pay cash.
Mayber offered some advice.
"Keep in mind, the cats and kittens lost their human companion and they are in a different environment so they might be afraid,” she said. “Give them time to adjust to you and your home and you can make a 'pawsitive' difference in the pet's life."