Overrun with felines, Port Huron animal shelters have far more cats than owners to adopt them. Nearly 1,500 cats are set to be put down in the area, and one shelter is taking a new approach in hopes of finding permanent homes for the cats and kittens.
WWJ’s Kathryn Larson spoke with Alicia McGee, a licensed veterinarian, about what her animal shelter is trying to do about the problem.
According to McGee the problem is that “a large number of cats and kittens come in, but unfortunately we don’t have a lot of people coming in to adopt those cats and kittens.”
In response to low adoption rates, the shelter is slashing prices. “The adoption fee was $120, and we reduced it to $75 per cat or kitten. It’s really a great deal, if you think about it. If you take that same cat and kitten that you pick up free on the side of the road, and you do everything we do to it, you’re looking at way more than $75,” she said.
McGee said that they know how tight money is for many Michigan families. “We don’t want to make a profit on it … we would rather break even, and pass (the cats) along to the public,” she said.
Anyone interested in adopting one of the felines can do so by calling 810-758-2111 or by visiting the shelter at 3378 Griswold Road in Port Huron.