WPCCAS needs help from the community

By: 
DONNA SUMMMERALL
Staff Writer

With more than 50 cats and kittens of all ages and sizes in addition to many dogs and puppies calling the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter home, the shelter could use some help. The shelter is over capacity with cats and kittens and are not accepting felines.

"We have been taking in more kittens this summer than normal," Winn Ellis, a worker at the WPCCAS said. "We had thought the Trap Neuter Release Program had helped with the unwanted kitten population. Few kittens were brought in by animal control or surrendered in 2016."

The summer of 2017 has told a different story. Ellis said there has been a population explosion of stray kittens this summer. The Marcia Lane "Cat House," the cat intake, the cat room and the exam room are all overflowing with kittens.

"We really could use some extra help," Ellis said. "Monetary donations are great, they help with vet bills and vaccines. We require an intake fee of $25 when a kitten is surrendered to us. That comes nowhere close to paying for all the worming, flea treatments, ear mite treatments and vaccinations a kitten will need before it can be adopted out."

Ellis said they can always use donations of Science Diet dry kitten and cat food, Purina Dog and Puppy Chow, cat litter, bleach, Mr. Clean, paper towels, garbage bags, the usual type items that are always appreciated.

Ellis said if a family is considering adding a new four legged member, please come to the shelter and see what is available for adoption. Kittens, cats, dogs and puppies, they all are in need of loving homes.
"We don't receive any type of Federal funding," Ellis said. "We do get grant monies from the purchase of the 'I Heart Animals' car tags, the Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting Event is the biggest fundraiser of the year, but there was no way to foresee in influx of kittens we've had this summer."

Lisa Henley, director of the WPCCAS said the only way to prevent the birth of unwanted kittens and puppies is to spay and neuter all pets.

"We don't allow any pet to be adopted from here that is not spayed or neutered," Henley said. "We are trying to prevent the over population of cats and dogs. We know puppies and kittens are cute, but if you don't want three or four litters of kittens or puppies every year, alter your pets. We offer a low income spay/neuter program for those whose income is less than $30,000 a year. No, it won't be free, but it won't be the full cost either."

The WPCCAS will loan traps for people to catch feral cats to be altered. Winn said these cannot be personal pets they must be wild. The shelter will spay and neuter them and they can be released to where they came from.

"With the Trap Neuter Release Program wild cats can be altered and then returned to where they considered home," Ellis said. "That will keep them from reproducing. We are more than happy to loan traps and show people how they work."

Ellis said the shelter can help with people who are in need of barn cats to help keep the vermin population in check. These cats are spayed and neutered and will not reproduce.
For more information about the WPCCAS, like them on Facebook or call 524-4430.

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