Adoptable cats seek offsite exposure

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 22, 2016

Local businesses can host adoptable cats from PRCSPCA to help find them homes.

Local businesses can host adoptable cats from PRCSPCA to help find them homes.

Kitten season for the Pearl River County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter is currently underway. From May through September, the shelter receives an abundance of cats at the shelter, which can be troublesome because they only have so much room to house pets, said public relations representative and shelter cat handler Maria Diamond.

Because of this surplus, the shelter is providing opportunities of offsite exposure for adoptable cats by asking local businesses to host them in their stores.

“We are asking all businesses that would like to help to please reach out to us and help these cats find their forever homes,” said Diamond.

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The PRCSPCA is asking local businesses to host a cage with, at most, two cats per cage.

“We will provide all of the necessities these cats need as well as clean the cages once a day. Also, if there are any problems what so ever, we will come and assist. All the businesses have to do is provide a place where we can show them off,” said Diamond.

During the kitten season in spring and summer, the shelter takes in hundreds of kittens. In May, the shelter rescued 156 kittens and then another 132 in June, Diamond said.

The goal of the program is to increase the amount of adoptions and expose these pets to those that cannot make it to the shelter or do not wish to come to the shelter to adopt, Diamond said.

“This offsite process allows people to adopt a cat without even coming to the animal shelter. It is a quick way for people to help out these pets and also find their next buddy,” said Diamond.

The animal shelter has offsite adoptable cats at the Picayune Veterinary Clinic, where “you will now be entertained by some happy, frolicking kittens while in the waiting room,” said Diamond.

Besides the Picayune Veterinary Clinic, PRCSPCA has also been doing something similar with the local PetSmart, where they provide them with pets to display for adoption and routinely visit to provide supplies as well as clean the cages.

Business owner’s who would like to provide a place for some of these kittens can contact Maria Diamond at 601-347-3667.