You must be kitten me meow! Dozens of felines available for adoption at Arkansas shelter

TEXARKANA, Ark. – Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the cat population in Texarkana, according to cat rescue advocate Amy Wurtele and Animal Care and Adoption Center volunteer Sheila Dubey.

“Because veterinary businesses were not at normal operating capacity due to COVID-19, we saw a huge growth in the cat population in Texarkana,” Wurtele said.

Dubey said due to the loss of their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the shelter had a record number of abandoned animals.

Wurtele said she works with a network of passionate, like-minded people who try to find placements for homeless kittens and cats, collect donations for critical veterinary care for those without the ways to care for their pets and help injured and sick homeless people. cats.

“We bottle-feed newborn kittens that have been moved, or their mothers have been killed, or the mother won’t feed them,” Wurtele said.

Wurtele said she emphasizes education about the importance of sterilization and tries to provide resources for those who are interested.

“We ask if people are interested in neutering if we see them at related events like microchipping,” Wurtele said, adding that fixing pets can help prevent reproductive cancer in cats and cats. dogs, as well as solving behavioral problems.

ACAC director Lenor Teague said she agreed on the importance of spaying and neutering.

“If we neutered and neutered our cats and dogs, we wouldn’t have this overpopulation of pets,” Teague said.

Teague and Wurtele advocated leaving cats where you found them.

“Sometimes a mom cat will move the kittens to a cooler, safer place,” Teague said. “Someone can find one on the move, and we always recommend, ‘If you find a little kitten, or just a litter of kittens, bring them back and leave them alone. Mum will come back and get them.’ “

Wurtele said cats from other regions return to certain places because there are resources available.

“It’s a haven of peace,” Wurtele said. “We work with people who do TNR, trapping, neutering and releasing.”

Wurtele said the cat will be baited into a live trap, scheduled for spaying/neutering, allowed to recover for 24 to 48 hours, and then released where it was originally found.

“If you trap a cat that’s in that area of ​​its home base, and you pick it up and drop it somewhere else, all it’s going to do is try to get back to that home base, that which leads to other problems,” Wurtele said. “When a cat is moved from its home, it is endangered.”

Teague said she and City Manager Jay Ellington have worked to lower the cost of pet adoption to make it more accessible to Texarkana residents.

“Price for the animal is based on the price set by the veterinarian to cover neutering and neutering, rabies shots and microchipping fees,” Teague said. “So the only thing the shelter gets out of it is $10 for the cat or $20 for a dog. Everything else goes to the vet.”

(For more information about the Animal Care and Adoption Center, visit cityoftexarkanaar.com/animal-care-and-adoption-center.)

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