‘Lifesaving’ policy, recession contribute to burgeoning cat population at shelters

As a greeter at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Abby isn’t required to answer phones or fill out paperwork. Her job is simply to look cute. It’s something that comes natural for the green-eyed feline who loves to rub her black and white coat against passersby.

The 5-year-old cat, surrendered in March, has long surpassed the 67-day average stay at 1925 Shelter Court but she’ll remain there until she finds her “forever home.” That wasn’t always the case for cats like her. Before Executive Director Joni Geiger put in place OAHS’ lifesaving policy in May 2009, animals were euthanized to alleviate space constraints.

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