Humane Society will hold free cat adoption event Saturday

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- The Humane Society of St. Joseph is holding a cat adoption event this Saturday in hopes of finding homes for some of the 600 cats currently at their facility.

There are 250 cats up for adoption at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County.

But there are another 450 cats waiting to be next in line to be adopted.

"Having 600 cats at the facility is definitely more than we have had in my time here at the shelter," said Jenny Carlson, Outreach Coordinator for the Humane Society.

Many of the cats were strays.

"Lots of stray cats, breeding out there, because people are letting their cats out to multiply," said Carlson.

Others were dropped off because their owners just couldn't take care of them anymore.

"We do have owner relinquished cats because sometimes people just can't care for their cats anymore, may it be they are moving, they lost their job, or they just don't want their cat," said Carlson.

It costs about $50 a year in food to own a cat.

Ashley Bozman says the expense of spaying and neutering the cats keep them on the streets.

"It's mostly because people are not taking the time to spay and neuter their cats because they are short on money these days," said Bozman, an animal attendant at the Humane Society. "Cats multiply so fast, and it happens when people don't take care of being spayed or neutered and that is really, really important when it comes to cats."

It costs about $200 to have your cat spayed or neutered.

If that's too much money and you'd still like to own a cat, the Humane Society is hosting a cat adoption on Saturday where all the cats have been fixed and are ready to take home.

Click here for more information on the adoption event on October 12.

Although the cat adoption fees will be waived (on Oct 12 only), you will have to purchase a pet license for $5.


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