A flood of felines

Jackson County animal lovers need to bring their open arms this weekend to three free adult cat adoption programs because local animal shelters are drowning in a tsunami of felines, organizers say.

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“It's just insane right now,” said Kenn Altine, executive director of the Southern Oregon Humane Society.

SOHS, Jackson County Animal Care and Control and Committed Alliance to Strays have a combined 400 cats and kittens either in their facilities or in foster homes awaiting adoption. And given the county's burgeoning population of non-spayed or neutered cats, there are more on the way, he said.

“We really are chasing this population explosion,” Altine said. “It really is a tsunami. And it's going to take everyone getting involved, and it's going to take years (to resolve).”

The free adult cat adoption event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, at each of the three facilities. All available cats are a minimum of 1 year old, fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Many will be micro-chipped.

“And all adoption fees will be waived,” Altine said.

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