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Missouri shelter giving cats away for free

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

The overpopulation of cats in the Heartland has forced area Human Societies to get creative in finding them homes.

Some shelters have decided give their cats away for free to a good home

“We just have so many cats at this time it is overwhelming,” said Zederick Boyd, the director of the Sikeston Area Humane Society.

The shelter is overrun with stray and unwanted cats.

It’s so crowded at the shelter Boyd said many of the cats are placed in dog kennels because there are not enough cages to house all of them.

“It is really heartbreaking,” he said.

The shelter has 26 cats up for adoption, but Boyd expects that number to grow by the day.

“Since July 1 we have been to the humane society about 344 times,” said Collin Cecil with Sikeston Animal control

Cecil said it’s not uncommon to visit the shelter multiple times a day to drop off another stray.

“They have to make a spot for us. Now, they may not be willing or able to take citizen’s animals but that comes back to us and we have to go out there and help them find a spot,” he said.

In hopes of clearing up space, the shelter has decided to put the animals up for adoption at no cost.

It would normally cost a family $80 to adopt a cat or kitten from the shelter.

Boyd said an area veterinarian is taking care of spaying and neutering the cats with the help of donations in hopes that more people will open their homes to these furry felines.  

“Please, try, do what you can to help them,” said Boyd.

This shelter isn’t the only one in the Heartland facing this problem. The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau and St. Francis in Murphysboro, Ill. could also use the help.

And if you can’t adopt, you can still foster or donate. 

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