FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has reached its cat capacity and is asking for help to save the cats. It is using its foster program to shelter more than 100 cats outside its facility.
Director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Dr. Karen P. Diviney said in a news release on Thursday, "We have held special adoption events, appealed to our rescue partners and have been recruiting additional foster homes to help these animals have positive outcomes, but we are hearing from shelters and rescues around the region that they are also overwhelmed with the volume of cats and kittens currently being taken in..."
The shelter lists a few reasons why there may be more cats and kittens at the facility at this time:
- Some people see a mother cat run off from her kittens and bring the young kittens into the shelter. Mother cats will usually return to their litter and the shelter encourages people to leave the kittens in place.
- Atypical warm winter temperatures have caused more cats to go into heat and become pregnant
- People are surrendering their cats while moving and traveling for the summer or after they have discovered they have allergies. The shelter recommends finding another home for the cats on your own or waiting until the number of cats decreases at the shelter.