Multnomah Co. shelter overrun with cats, kittens

Multnomah Co. shelter overrun with cats, kittens

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

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Posted on August 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 6:57 PM

TROUTDALE, Ore. – The Multnomah County animal shelter has become overrun with cats and kittens so they’re asking the public to help out with foster care or adoptions.

“Simply put, we are taking in more cats than are being adopted out and we're out of space,’’ said animal services director Mike Oswald. “Our adoption placement partners are experiencing similar scenarios and are limited in how many cats they can accept from us right now.”

This time of year is “kitten season,” according to Oswald, and the shelter is out of space to house any more felines. This was even after extra portable kennels were set up throughout the shelter.

The shelter has the capacity to hold 90 cats but they currently have 115. Some are in cages on the floor and facing each other, which stresses the cats out even more.  Also, some are sick and in need of special care.

"We're pleading with the public to step up, bring a cat into your home for two weeks, put them in an isolated area from your cats, give them antibiotics, then bring them back and we can adopt them out as healthy cats," said Ann Potter with Multnomah County Animal Control.

Anyone interested in being a foster parent would first need to go through the emergency cat foster orientation class set for 1 p.m., Saturday at the shelter.

The shelter also continues to offer its “Name Your Own Price” special discount for cat adoptions.

Multnomah County Animal Services is located at 1700 W. Columbia River Highway in Troutdale.

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KGW reporter Katherine Cook also contributed to this report.

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