Cat adoptions up, drop-offs down

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Sixty-one cats and kittens have found homes since the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society launched its June adoption special, but dozens more await families.
Through the end of the month, the animal shelter is offering two cats for the price of one – $45 – to help alleviate the overcrowding caused by feline breeding season.
One week ago today, the shelter had 110 kittens and 30 cats. Since then, 34 felines have found homes. Twenty-seven had been adopted earlier in the month.
“That’s more than puppies and dogs, which is unreal,” said shelter Director Debbie Hood. “Last year for the whole month of June we only adopted 46 cats and kittens, so we’re already way ahead of that this year.”
Despite the positive adoption numbers, more felines this month have entered the shelter than exited. People dropped off about 75 cats and kittens since June 1.
But it’s far below last year’s mid-June intake number of nearly 200 cats. Nearly 400 felines were dropped off at month’s end last year.
“I attribute the decrease to more social awareness of the benefits of spaying and neutering,” Hood said. “And for two years we’ve been running our $25 spay special in February. We have spayed and neutered between 300-400 cats each February for the past two years.”
For more information about the shelter, or spay clinics, call (662) 841-6500.