PAWS, rescue group working to find homes for cats, kittens

July 17, 2017--2:47 p.m.

By David Crowder

As we reported yesterday, Floyd County Public Animal Welfare Services is at capacity and they need people to come in and adopt a pet.

In addition, local rescue groups also reported being overwhelmed, especially with the number of cats and kittens.

At this time last year, animal control had taken in 696 felines.

That has jumped to 819 so far this year.

Of that number, 789 are owner surrenders.

Kristy LaRue, who runs a non-profit rescue organization called Floyd Felines and Friends, believes there are a couple of reasons for the increase.

For instance, a milder winter resulted in an extra breeding cycle for cats.

“Usually we start seeing pregnant cats in May, this year we started seeing them in February,” she said. “I think the second problem is even though we have this beautiful new shelter, which I am so grateful for, there is a misconception where people believe it is a no kill shelter, which is incorrect. It is still a kill shelter. They can hold more animals than they could at the other shelter, and when the numbers get up, they only can do what they can do.”

In addition, there are rescue groups that used to be able to pull 50 or 60 cats at a time from the shelter that are no longer in business.

LaRue said it’s vital that people get their pets (or strays that they take in) spayed or neutered, and there are low-cost options available.

“Again, I am not a vet, but if they can them fixed by the time they are four or five months old, instead of waiting until they are over six months old, that would stop a lot of the problem,” she said. “National Spay Alliance is coming back to Rome on July 25 and I think on August 8. They are a wonderful group of vets out of Dalton. Also, the Humane Society in Rome has been sponsoring the Atlanta Humane Society to come to town. There are places in Cedartown. CARES (Cedartown Animal Rescue, Education, and Sterilization) has the Atlanta Humane Society come there.

LaRue is also urging the public to adopt a cat or kitten from PAWS.

The adoption fee is being waived for some cats that came in between May and June.

The P.A.W.S. facility is located at 99 North Avenue, and is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 1 until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

They are closed on Wednesdays.

For more on Floyd Felines and Friends, you can view a link to their Facebook page.