The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA is overrun with cats.
The SPCA has 170 cats of every size, color and age. The organization needs foster caregivers and people to adopt the cats “if we are wanting to take our community ‘no kill,’” said Chase Inman, marketing director.
The SPCA launched a campaign in February to make Henry County a “no kill” community — one which has a euthanasia rate of 10 percent of animals or less brought into all shelters — by 2015.
The SPCA’s cat population includes 30 recent arrivals that the organization took in from the Henry County Animal Shelter, Inman said.
“If we don’t take them in, they will be euthanized,” she said. The SPCA is “attempting to go no-kill, but we cannot do it without help” from the community, she added.
For safety reasons, Inman said the SPCA is limited in the number of animals it can house at one time in its facility on Joseph Martin Highway.
“Technically, we are not supposed to have them in our facility,” she said. But, “they’re here.”
The agency is running a special adoption rate of $5 per kitten, Inman said. Adult cats can be adopted for free. If a donation is made to the SPCA, the adoption of any cat is free, she added.
“We are just trying to get them spayed and/or neutered, vaccinated and out,” Inman said. “If we can clear out some of the ones we already have, we can make room for these other kitties. They are all healthy and happy, and they deserve a chance.”