Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Finds Creative Ways to Deal with Influx of Cats

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Wednesday, August 8th is International Cat Day and the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society wants to send you home with a feline friend. Staff at the shelter say they’ve seen an influx of cats this year, so they’re trying to get as many adopted as they can. They’re finding creative ways to get the message out.

More than 150 cats are waiting for their forever home.

March through November are the busiest months for the Humane Society as they see an increase in animals.

“We call it kitten season around here, we just see because the weather gets so nice lots of litters come in, said Allison Wyant, Special Events Coordinator for Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

Many of the kittens they receive are litters from cats that got pregnant unexpectedly. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society says something people can do to decrease the number of homeless cats is spay or neuter your pets.

However,  overcrowding isn’t something they’ve had to worry about yet. They’ve come up with some creative ways to draw interest in adopting.

“One of our mottos is like happy things happen here. This constant reminder of like we love that we get to help the animals and so my co-worker had thought of a fun video where we bring someone in and so we brought in my brother-in-law who likes to act and had him pretend to be like a car salesman with all these cats,” said Wyant.

The video has been circulating on Facebook and has caught the attention of many cat lovers.

The Humane Society also has a Fur-assic Park adoption event going on where all cats are just $25 through Sunday the 12th..

Both have been successful. They’ve already had 40 cats adopted since this past Sunday. They can always use the extra space.

“We also say like adoption saves more lives than one right. It saves the one whose getting adopted and then we have a spot now that hold a cat,” said Wyant.

In order to adopt a cat from the Humane Society, you’ll first need to fill out an application on their website and bring it in. You’ll meet with a counselor for a quick screening. Then there’s a 20-minute time for bonding to make sure you and the cat are the right fit.


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