Wisconsin Shelter Adopts New Cat Rules

The Fox Valley Humane Association requires owners to make appointments to surrender cats.

Posted: November 12 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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A 15 percent increase in the number of cats brought into the Fox Valley Humane Association in Greenville, Wis., in 2007 led staff to adopt new rules governing the surrender of cats at the shelter, the Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent reports. Owners must now schedule appointments to surrender their cats, rather than doing so on a walk-in basis.

The new procedure will better allow shelter staff to determine the number of cats the shelter can accommodate based on available space. At surrender appointments, staff members will work with cat owners to make sure all options have been exhausted before the cat is surrendered. In some cases, the cat owner may be asked to wait until the shelter has more space.

Fox Valley Humane Association took in 2,037 cats from January to September 2007, a 15 percent increase from 2006. Deb Lewis, FVHA executive director, told the Post-Crescent that cat adoptions typically take longer than dog adoptions. Sometimes a cat may live at the shelter for three months before it is adopted. By creating an even, predictable flow of cats into the shelter, workers believe they will have a better chance of placing the cats in new homes, Lewis said.

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Angela & Chica    Arlington, VA

11/12/2007 5:08:39 PM

It's sad to think that so many people think it is ok to just walk in and leave an animal at a shelter that they had to set new rules for doing so. I don't understand people that just see animals as things to get rid of any time.

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

11/12/2007 9:55:24 AM

I hope this works for them.

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