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Humane Society: The leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, the Animal Humane Society is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals and providing comprehensive programs and services to compassionately serve all of the stages of an animal’s life. At our campuses in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury, our mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.

Cats in Crisis: AHS Call to Action:

June is National Adopt a Cat Month and Animal Humane Society is asking for the public’s help to increase cat adoptions and reduce euthanasia. The number of unwanted cats and kittens brought to Animal Humane Society is staggering – and much higher than the number of homes in our community willing to take them in. In 2009 alone, Animal Humane Society took in 35,989 animals, 20,646 of which were cats.

The struggle to find them all homes becomes even more difficult as more cats arrive at our shelters over the busy summer months. “During cat season, from about May until September, we see an average of 70 cats per day brought in to our five sites. Unfortunately right now there aren’t 70 homes per day looking for a cat,” says Kathie Johnson, director of animal services at Animal Humane Society.

One way Animal Humane Society is tackling this issue is through an ongoing promotion called Double the Love. Customers can adopt one cat at the regular adoption fee and the fee will be waived for the second cat. The first can be a cat or kitten of any age and the second cat one year of age or older. Animal Humane Society offers information at all five of its locations on how to successfully integrate two cats into a household. In addition to adopting, it is crucial that the public have their cats sterilized to prevent future litters of unwanted kittens. According to Spay USA, 10,000 children are born per day in the U.S. – compared to 42,000 kittens born per day in the U.S. If more cats are sterilized before they are able to reproduce, we would see a dramatic reduction of felines living as strays and in shelters. It’s also important to have your cat microchipped; this will increase your chances of being reunited if they get lost, and ultimately decrease the number of stray cats that end up in shelters. Cats are in crisis across the country. Animal Humane Society is just one of thousands of organizations dealing with this problem. Learn more about Animal Humane Society’s efforts to help cats this summer at

www.animalhumanesociety.org/iwant

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