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Major influx of cats at Stevens Swan Humane Society: how to adopt one

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Stevens Swan Humane Society is seeing an influx of cats and kittens, so many, it could soon be an overcrowded situation.

Representatives with the shelter say this time of year, there are always more kittens, but right now they're dealing with an older cat population as well.

It's tough to adopt out older cats, because usually people come in looking for kittens.

As a preemptive measure, the shelter lowered adoption fees to $50 in July, but that didn't put a dent in the feline population at the shelter.

Usually there are more than 100 cats at the shelter, but the number right now is getting closer to 200.

"Even with the lower price, the amount of animals coming in doesn't match the amount going out," said John Treen, shelter manager at Stevens Swan Humane Society. "There's a giant cat population out there, and we can't keep up with that."

More stray cats come into the facility than dogs.

Anyone who would like to adopt a pet, particularly a cat, can call the shelter at (315) 738-4357.

Also, reps are urging present pet owners to be sure their pets are spayed or neutered.

The shelter offers a low-cost spay and neuter program for those who have a qualifying income. Call the shelter to find out if you qualify for the program, but keep in mind, they are usually scheduling a month ahead.

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