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Winnipeg Humane Society dealing with 'state of emergency' over influx of cats

From CTV - August 12, 2017

There are cats housed in temporary travel kennels, cats living in puppy isolation rooms and cats staying just about everywhere else at the Winnipeg Humane Society after a recent influx of felines put the shelter well over its regular cat capacity.

And now the organization is appealing to the public for help for what its calling a state of emergency.

The Humane Society estimates that there are at least 430 cats residing in the facility, more than double its average amount of 200. The shelter told CTV Winnipeg on Friday that it has had to deal with a recent spate of hoarding situations, which has contributed to the population increase.

I had staff coming crying to my office yesterday because theyre completely overwhelmed, the shelters CEO, Javier Schwersensky, said.

There are so many cats living at the Winnipeg Humane Society that the shelter has gone through a months worth of food and litter in just one week, Schwersensky said.

In light of the current crisis, Winnipegs Animal Services Agency is reminding pet owners to spay and neuter their furry friends.

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