Crowding cat 'crisis'

Kitten Rescue dropped price of adoptions


Gordon Weeks/SMCJ

The nonprofit organization Kitten Rescue of Mason County has 92 felines at its Shelton facility, and another 110 cats in local foster homes awaiting adoption.

Two weeks ago, 12 cats in a box were dumped in front of Kitten Rescue of Mason County's gate on state Route 3 in Shelton.

That brought the cat and kitten population at the nonprofit organization to 92 felines. Add to that the 110 cats at local foster homes, and the agency has 202 cats without permanent homes.

The after-hours abandonment of unwanted cats, a drop in adoptions and a shaky economy have combined to create "horrendous" and "deplorable" problems for the nonprofit, said Dee Sigmond, the group's executive director.

"It's a major, major crisis ... every cage is booked," Sigmond said....

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