Dozen dumped felines cause problems for Boise shelter

kterhune@idahostatesman.comOctober 25, 2013 

— A no-kill shelter in Boise put out a call for foster families after 12 cats and kittens were abandoned in front of its facility Friday morning.

Patty Cutler, the executive director of Simply Cats, said the felines were left in boxes in front of the shelter just before 8 a.m.

“No one saw who dumped them off,” she said. Cutler said this was not the first time people had just left their animals at the shelter.

Simply Cats has signs posted outside the facility, warning that dumping animals is a crime. But some are undeterred: Cutler said her shelter staff finds animals that have been left outside the doors at least once a year.

Because Simply Cats does not euthanize, there is limited room and funds to take in more animals. Cutler said the cats dumped Friday could put a serious strain on the small shelter’s resources.

“We have limited space, so when we get this many cats all at once, it’s very difficult on us,” she said.

But by Friday afternoon, Cutler said the Boise community had stepped up to help, with foster applications pouring in.

“We’ve had a really good response from the community: they’ve been calling all day,” she said.

Those who wish to help are welcome to donate toward the care of the cats or foster or adopt one of the other felines living at the facility.

“We’re always looking for fosters,” Cutler said. “We have other cats that could be fostered, but I think as far as the ones that came in today, we’re OK.”

The shelter typically houses between 100 and 120 cats, Cutler said. About 30 more are cared for in foster homes.

None of the 12 dumped outside the shelters doors were spayed or neutered, although Cutler said she is sure they were someone’s pets.

“They’re all handleable. They were someone’s cats,” she said. “They’re not just feral cats someone scooped up.”

Cats go through a rigorous process before they’re sent off to forever homes, Cutler said. Each cat receives a medical exam, tests for feline diseases, a microchip, vaccines, and is spayed or neutered — all included in the adoption fee, which ranges from $25 to $75.

“Our adoption fees nowhere near cover the cost, so we really do rely on donors to continue to care for these cats,” she said.

The felines won't go up for adoption until they’ve been fixed and gone through the rest of Simply Cats’ process. That could take at least a week or two, Cutler said.

In the meantime, the shelter had asked for foster families to take in one or more of the displaced animals.

Anyone wishing to foster or donate can fill out an application at the shelter’s website or call 343-7177.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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