The Preston County Animal Shelter was so overrun with cats this summer that at one point there were more than 100 in it's custody. The shelter is not equipped to handle this many animals.
County Commission asked Brittaney Shearer, the shelter director, to come up with a plan to solve the problem.
"I consulted the HSUS, Pet Smart Charities, several other county shelters, several local veterinarians, and also the large local cat rescue in the area, PURR," said Shearer. "Kind of got their insight, what do you do, what are your suggestions, here's what we're faced with, what do you think we can do?"
The plan includes the Shelter only accepting a limited number of cats on Wednesdays.
Commission said they are pleased with the plan Shearer came up with.
"I think it touches on every issue that we've heard over the past years. As I've been a commissioner, running the shelter, it hit every issues," said Craig Jennings. "From stray cats, to people dropping them off, to the feral cats, to feral cat population, the whole nine yards. She hit on every subject that we could think of."
One group said that commission and the shelter needs to do a better job with contacting rescue groups.
The shelter will begin offering spay and neuter assistance to help community members be able to keep their cats. Shearer says they're also thinking of adopting a trap, neuter, return program.
"I'm looking into how we can get funding for it. It would be targeting at cat colonies, towns that have the worst overpopulation problems," said Shearer. "It would be basically catching them, fixing them, and releasing them. The cats will still be there but they won't be reproducing."
The Preston County Animal Shelter has new animals every week. There are also discounted rates for veterans and senior citizens looking to adopt cats.
Adoption days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.