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Various Events Help Reduce Cat Euthanizations in Wichita Falls

<font size=2> <P>A recent spike in kitten and cat euthanizations prompted Wichita Falls animal officials to find ways to save more felines.</P> <P>And thanks to various adoption events and a fostering program, it worked.</P> <P>But animal officials say more work still needs to be done.</P></font>

This is how cats should be; care free and having fun, but that wasn't the case with hundreds of felines two months ago.

A surge of unwanted cats resulted in crowded cages at the Wichita Falls Animal Services Center.

But instead of finding forever homes many of these pets were put to sleep.

In May of 2011, 169 cats were euthanized in Wichita Falls.

In May of this year the number spiked to 314.

However, last month 154 cats were euthanized.

So, to save more of them city animal officials launched a series of events.

"There's Free Cat Friday. There was Kitten Palooza. There was Cat-tacular and now we're in Red, White & Furry," says Holly Scheller, executive director at the Humane Society of Wichita County.

Each event adopted out cats at a reduced fee or no fee at all.

But that's not all.

Hundreds of young kittens were sent to foster homes to increase their chance of surviving.

"The most I've ever had was 12 kittens at my house at one time. I only have four at my house now cause I've gotten all of them out... adopted but kittens are just so much fun," explains Lisa Lusignolo, who fosters cats at the humane society.

But animal officials say the lives of cats will continue to be cut short unless owners become more responsible.

"If everyone spays and neuters their animals we won't have this to deal with." 15:11:34:28 and that would be wonderful for our staff, for the city, for everybody," says Scheller.

The Humane Society of Wichita County has a grant to cover the spaying and neutering of more than 600 pets free of charge, but procedures must be done by the end of August.

To get more information on their Beat the Heat grant, call the Humane Society at (940) 855-4941.

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