Richland-Wilkin Humane Society overcrowded with catsWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - There's feline frenzy in Wahpeton. The Humane Society of Richland-Wilkin Counties is packed with cats in need of a home more so than ever before.
There's feline frenzy in Wahpeton. The Humane Society of Richland-Wilkin Counties is packed with cats in need of a home more so than ever before. We first told you about the overcrowded humane society this winter. Now there's even more, and the situation isn't getting any easier, making it expensive to operate.
There's a waiting list on the wall for cats waiting to be surrendered to the Humane Society so as quickly as one goes out, another come back in. It's a problem that seems to be constant and, making it tough to operate.
You don't need to step more than a few feet in the door to see there's plenty of four legged friends to pick from. Cats brought in that have been neglected. Or there's Gabie, a friendly cat lover who brought in a kitten after she found it roaming alone in her back yard...
Gabie Lezon – Surrendered Cat to Humane Society: "It’s just you know you're mother instinct kicks in and you want to save something that’s alive."
It’s many like Gabie Lezon who would say they're doing the right thing for the cat bringing it to the shelter. But it’s a tremendous undertaking and a costly one at that when the house is always full.
Nancy: "Just dealing it day by day. Just as it comes you know, because the main thing is to try to keep the animals alive and healthy and try to find them a home."
It costs you $50 to bring a cat to the Humane Society whether it’s yours or you just found it. That goes towards check ups and shots if needed. The shelter has 32 cats in house right now and 20 are on the waiting list. With the high cost of food and cats not being adopted very quickly it's a constant struggle to keep each one healthy.
Nancy "We’re always looking for ways to fund raise and keep the place going."
As long as there's people like Gabie Lezon out there caring for a cat with no home, you can bet they'll keep coming in. And continue going out.
Gabie Lezon: "It’s a joy to come here. Even with the cat fights it’s still a joy."
If you would like to donate or adopt any of the cats you saw in the story, we've created an easy link on our website for you. Click on the Easy Links tab on the website.