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Focus: Fighting pet overpopulation

Staving off overpopulation of cats, dogs

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While North Platte’s FURcility cat shelter hesitates to say how many cats it has right now, it hasn’t reached capacity — yet.

But Jenn Porter-Milne, executive director of Fur the Love of Paws, calls this time “the calm before the storm,” when cats breed in the spring, and more come in. At the North Platte Animal Shelter, five dogs and four cats are available for adoption currently.

According to the American Humane Society pet advocacy group, pet overpopulation occurs either when cats or dogs reproduce and there exist few options to find homes for them, or pet owners relinquish their animals. Volunteers, such as Jessica Sprague, considers the animal shelter full at 16 dog kennels and about 10 cats. Dogs often go to foster homes until they can be adopted, and some cats are rescued by the FURcility.

Other organizations in town aim to fight cat overpopulation, advocate for spaying and neutering pets, and speak about the importance of adoption and humane breeding practices.

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