The cat is out of the bag: The folks at the Floyd County Animal Shelter have a problem. For quite some time, it’s been raining cats and dogs over there — minus the dogs — as there has been a veritable explosion in the feline population. As a result, there now is hardly enough room to swing a cat at the shelter. Far from being fat cats, the folks at the shelter hardly have the resources to tackle the problem, and they need your help.
Okay, enough of the cat idioms. The message we wish to impart is a serious one: It is up to all of us to help control the feline population in Floyd County.
Currently, the shelter is filled to capacity, and two-thirds of the inhabitants are cats and kittens. Up to 80 cats a week are being left at the shelter, which is putting a strain on the organization and on the cats, themselves.
Because so many of the little furballs are coming in the door, the shelter has had to implement measures to slow down the pace. That means that many of the cats that are turned away are likely abandoned, left to their own fate. Many are killed. Those that survive go on to make many, many more cats, which only exacerbates the problem.
Much of the reason for this problem is that many people are not fulfilling their civic obligation to have their pets spayed and neutered. The creatures are left to breed in a world of abundant food and few predators, and the numbers they produce in that environment can be mind-boggling.
It is up to all of us to help fight this problem, and there is more than one way to skin a cat. (Sorry. We couldn’t resist one more.)
If you have cats as pets, make sure they are spayed and neutered. The best way to curb the burgeoning feline population is to cut it off, at its source.
And if you don’t have a cat, or even if you do, consider adopting one, to help lessen the load on the shelter.
Whatever you can do, you’ll feel good about yourself for helping to address a problem in your community. Afterwards, you might even feel like the cat who got the cream. (We just can’t help ourselves, but to be fair, that last one was a simile.)