JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The cat colony at the Chautauqua County Humane Society has reached capacity, as the shelter continues to work within the City of Jamestown to combat our stray cat problem.
Back in April, the Chautauqua County Humane Society teamed up with the City of Jamestown to reduce the number of strays with a trap, neuter, and release program.
According to staff, this isn’t just a Jamestown problem, but a nationwide issue too. The Humane Society is doing everything they can to help reduce the ever-growing cat population.
“There are people that actually breed cats, instead of getting them fixed which is something that is beyond, it just doesn’t need to happen. We’re just doing our best. We have our spay and neuter program for the public, we have our T.N.R, trap, neuter, and release program for here at the shelter, and then we have our community cat program that we work with the city of Jamestown on specifically for the city. We’re doing as much as we can to get as many animals altered as we can and doing it as quickly as possible,” Senior Programs Director Brian Papalia said.
To combat this overpopulation in the shelter itself, the humane society is hosting what they’re calling a “Kitten Pawp-Up”, which will offer reduced adoption rates for kittens this weekend.
“We are going to have a special adoption event from noon to three this Saturday at the Chautauqua Mall. 26 cats available at the mall and what we’re doing is we’re reducing prices. Usually it’s $100 for a kitten, right now we’re gonna do $50 for a kitten adoption and if you get two it’s $100 which is good because usually it’s $150, so we’re hoping people will add to the family,” explained Papalia.
There are a multitude of reasons the shelter is so full.
“We are getting through foster, we have a big foster program, we have a lot of kittens that are just now reaching the age where they can be spayed or neutered, that’s something that happens before an animal makes their way out of here. Then we have people surrendering as well and luckily with the time frame we’re able to get those animals spayed and neutered because they’re about the right age,” said Papalia.
The Pawp-Up will take place this Saturday at the Chautauqua Mall from noon to three, featuring over two dozen furry friends looking for homes. To learn more about this event, or the spay and neuter clinic, those interested can visit chqhumane.org.