Local shelters deal with influx of felines 

Hello Kitty

The Charleston Animal Society, Pet Helpers, and City Paper are running promotions to help find families for homeless animals in the Lowcountry.

The Charleston Animal Society (CAS) is overflowing with felines that they need to find a home STAT. It came without warning this past week when the shelter found itself filled to capacity. “We have no more room in our cat cages,” says Kay Hyman, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for CAS. Some are owner surrenders, though the majority are brought in by animal rescue. “We have 40 cats on the floor right now, and more than 100 just waiting for a cage,” says Hyman. “It’s such a waste to have to euthanize perfectly healthy cats just to make room for more.” The ones most at-risk are adult cats since people want kittens or cats under a year old. Since adoption rates have been low, CAS is waiving the adoption fees for cats three years old and over through Feb. 14. Visit their website or call them at (843) 747-4849.

Pet Helpers also seems to be feeling the pinch — they're running a special for the entire month of February. Cats three years old and over are half off; the adoption fee was $100 and will be $50 for the special. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, vaccines, and tests. You’ll also receive a bonus first aid kit. For more information, visit their website or call (843) 795-1110.

Pet Helpers is helping to fight the over-population problem from the ground up by hosting a one-day-only “Tom Cat Blitz” on Feb. 21. Owners with male cats who haven’t gotten around to fixing him yet can get it done for only $15. Your cat must already be vaccinated (you must bring its current vet papers), or you get his shots over and done with for an extra $5 the same day of the surgery. Microchips are also available for $10. This is for pet cats only — no feral cats — and the owner must make an appointment by calling (843) 302-0556.

And last but not least, Charleston City Paper, CAS, and Pet Helpers are hosting an Adopt-a-thon week for animals in the Charleston area starting Feb. 10. Individuals, companies, and organizations have each donated $60 to sponsor an animal, which will be featured in the classifieds section of the City Paper. Every week, City Paper runs free adoption listings for local rescue organizations, but this week, we’ll be running listings four times as big in hopes of finding every listed animal a loving home and to help give the pet-related organizations much-needed funding to continue their cause. You can look for your new furry friend in the upcoming edition of City Paper this Wednesday or on our website.

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