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      Cat population explodes in Tri-State shelters

      stray cats / KHQA file photo

      Tri-State animal shelters are overloaded with cats these days.


      Quincy Humane Society is turning cats away due to lack of space. It's had to close its doors to 75 cats needing a home. Staff say the shelter is so overpopulated with cats, it has them on a waiting list.

      Becky Livesay with the Quincy Humane Society says in the last couple of years, the reason for the overcrowding has changed.

      "Now the reasons are changing from, 'I'm moving, I have allergies or I just don't have enough time, to I lost my job, I'm losing my house. We're seeing that a lot with both dogs and cats, that people due to the economy are having to surrender their pets because they can no longer afford medical care or to feed them, " said Becky Livesay. "We're lucky that we don't have to euthanize for space. We keep all the animals here until they find a home. So that's good but it also limits the number of animals we intake into the shelter."

      The Quincy Humane Society is having a cat adoption special right now. You can adopt adult cats for $18.80 each. If you adopt two *kittens* at a time, the second one is 1/2 price.


      Meanwhile, the news is even worse in Macomb.

      "Out of time," that's the name given to almost all of the cats at the Humane Society of McDonough County in Macomb, Illinois. It's animal shelter has so many cats, each one is given a 21 day period to find a home before it's euthanized.

      "It really hit hard in August," said Dawn Grey, with the humane society.

      The shelter put down more than 40 cats that month.

      "Anywhere from 20 to 30 on average are being euthanized because we cannot find homes. The rescues have been inundated with cats this year. They're overfull. It would be so nice if people would have their animals spayed or nuetered, that way we don't keep getting their litters brought in," said Grey.

      While the shelter may adopt out four cats, in that same week, it'll receive ten more. It's desperately asking for help from the community.

      "I'm here looking at Baby, it's a cat we might adopt," said James Ramsey, a Macomb resident. "It's kinda sad, lots of the cats are really nice cats."

      "As soon as we moved, I said I wanted to get a cat, but of course, we waited till we had a steady income and could make sure we could provide a good home for the cat," said Megan Henrdicks.

      The couple had seen Baby's picture on the humane society's website. Monday, they got to see him in person.

      "It's really sad because you know, regrettably the shelters can't house everyone. But hopefully some will find new homes," said Hendricks.

      Megan and James made that possible for one kitten, but hundreds more in the area still need homes.

      We would also like to hear from you. Have you adopted cats or fostered cats from a local shelter?