DeSoto Animal Shelter begs for the public's help with cat crisis

Photo courtesy of DeSoto County Animal Shelter
Photo courtesy of DeSoto County Animal Shelter
Photo courtesy of DeSoto County Animal Shelter
Photo courtesy of DeSoto County Animal Shelter

(WMC-TV) - The DeSoto County Animal Shelter is full of felines, and the workers are begging the public for help.

As soon as you walk inside, you can see a sign that tells people the shelter cannot take anymore cats or kittens.

Once you visit the back of the shelter, you can hear why the sign is there. The sound of cats fills the crowded room.

"We are currently full of cats and kittens, we have reached capacity," said DeSoto County Animal Shelter Assistant Director Monica Mock.

With more than 100 cats, it is a feline infestation. None of them have homes.

"It's just non-stop. They're finding them under bushes, in the garden, in shopping carts, in dumpsters, it's really sad," Mock said.

The shelter took in 45 cats over the past weekend, and more than 400 pets last month. Mock says they need the public's help.

"We say adopt, don't shop," Mock continued. "There are a lot of homeless pets that need homes."

But in order to really solve the shelter's population problem, Mock is pleading owners to spay or neuter their pet.

"If you feed it, we say fix it, because if you're just feeding a stray and not fixing it your just adding to the problem," said Mock.

Since it is a county shelter, animals in cities like Southaven, Olive Branch, and Horn Lake need to go to their shelters, but Mock says their situations are not much better.

"We have people coming trying to surrender to us when they live in the city limits because their shelter is full," Mock said.

With the public's help, Mock is looking forward to the day when she can take the sign down.

"That's one of the hardest parts of the job is not being able to help somebody who has a homeless pet," Mock said.

DeSoto County Supervisor Lee Caldwell is holding a public meeting where overcrowding of the animal shelter will be discussed.

Until October, the shelter is offering a buy one cat, get another free deal. The adoption fee is $25 and it includes basic vaccination, microchipping, and FIV/FELK testing for felines.

To view a list of cats available for adoption right now, click here.

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