CALDWELL, Idaho — The West Valley Humane Society is seeing an overflow of cats, less than a week after announcing the Community Cat Program.
The program officially launches in September, prioritizing spaying, neutering and vaccinating all cats that come to the shelter before releasing them back to their communities. The humane society hopes it well help stop the overpopulation of cats in Canyon County.
"Be really selective which cats you bring. If they look healthy, if they have a food source, they don't have testicles, they don't have kittens with them, you can leave them in their community because it will give them a thirteen times more likely of a chance to go back home," said Brittany Sundell, development coordinator at West Valley Humane Society.
The shelter is also changing the policy on surrendered cats. Owners will now have to pay a $50 fee to help pay for the medical costs of caring for the cat. The fee will be waived, however, if the community member agrees to participate in the Community Cat Program.