‘Pick-your-price’ adoption event hopes to alleviate WCHS overcrowding

For the entire month of July, the Wood County Humane Society will be offering a
"pick-your-price" adoption event for all cats and kittens to help alleviate shelter
overcrowding.
In May, the WCHS took in 55 cats and kittens, nearly double the usual number of intake requests that the
shelter receives on a monthly basis. The shelter’s freeroaming cat room currently houses over 70 cats.
The WCHS also has almost 30 kittens in foster care and those kittens will soon need to return to the
shelter. And on a daily basis the shelter is being hard hit with requests to take in owner surrenders,
strays, and kittens.
Shelter Manager Erin McKibben said that the current overcrowding "is not a problem that is exclusive
to our shelter." She explained, "A lot of shelters experience this boom in population known as
‘kitten season.’ Kitten season was prolonged a little this year due to the harsh winter, but then it
exploded on us all at once."
Spring is known as "kitten season" because warmer weather means more strays roaming freely and
more cats in heat. Those two factors combined lead to a dramatic increase in the number of kittens born
during the spring and summer months, and the number of felines that are brought into shelters.
Spring and summer also typically are slow adoption months for shelters like the WCHS. McKibben hopes that
the "pick-your-price" adoption event will encourage community members to adopt in record
numbers, thereby alleviating some of the stresses that have resulted from the current high feline
population in the shelter and allowing the animals to find their forever homes much more quickly.
Shelter overcrowding can exacerbate existing problems in a shelter population, as well as introduce new
ones, said McKibben. Within the shelter population, overcrowding can cause some behavioral issues that
had not been present previously. Staff and volunteer responsibilities also increase exponentially.
This special adoption event follows on the heels of national "Adopt a Shelter Cat" month. June
has been designated "Adopt a Shelter Cat" month because it marks the prime breeding season for
cats when thousands of newborn kittens will join the millions of cats already housed in shelters across
the country, according to the American Humane Association.
Adoption hours at the shelter, which is located at 801 Van Camp Road, Bowling Green, are Wednesday and
Thursday from 12 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. All adoptions include the
spay or neuter of the cat, distemper and rabies vaccines, FIV/FeLV test, microchip, and free physical
examination at local participating veterinarians. In order to receive the special
"pick-your-price" adoption fee, adoptions must be completed same day.