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State's Cat Population Rising

Last updated on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(UNDATED) - An Indiana animal control expert says the nation’s cat population has exploded and shelters are turning away kittens.

Christine Jeschke is Chief Operations Officer of the Humane Society of Indianapolis. She says the end of May and beginning of June is the worst time of year for shelters across the nation when it comes to cat intake.

Jeschke says people who haven't gotten their cats spayed or neutered often have pets that give birth to big litters. As a result, she says pet owners try to drop the kittens off at neighborhood shelters. However, Jeschke says shelters everywhere are simply overwhelmed and can't accommodate any more cats.

She says this is why many shelters make spaying and neutering pets - especially cats - mandatory before adopting out pets.

Jeschke says HSI is having a special all this week on cat adoptions.

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