Increase of cats in animal shelters: Adopt a furry friend during the pandemic

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Typically during the spring and summer months animal shelters see a ton of young kittens but this year has been odd for many reasons.

Because of COVID-19 families have adopted out all the kittens and now shelters are filled with teenage cats.

Clark County Shelter Director Adreanna Wills says now that quarantine is over and people are going back to work they no longer want the responsibility.

She stresses that if you adopt a furry friend, make them a lifelong companion.

“If you’re interested in adopting, don’t overlook the older ones just because there not those cute little fluff balls because they’re all going to get to that point. They’re all going to grow up and so you kind of know what you’re getting,” Wills said. “You know their personalities and you know what they like and what they don’t like so it’s really nice because you can really pick one that fits your personality instead of just taking home a kitten and keeping your fingers crossed that it grows into what you’re looking for.”

Wills said the cats can provide a benefit besides affection, they also are a great stress reliever during the current times.

She says even for kids taking classes at home right now, animals help with isolation, but if you do plan to adopt make sure you’re prepared for the commitment.

To see the animals available at the Clark County Animal Shelter, head to their website.

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