Canfield shelter sees influx of stray cats during spring season

Veterinarian Dr. Richard Nokes said it is important to spay or neuter pet cats to control the population

In the spring season, Angels for Animals sees an increase number of cats dropped off.

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – With the spring season comes an increased workload for many local animal shelters.

Angels for Animals shelter in Canfield said this is the time of year adult cats have their litters of kittens. As such, the shelter sees an increase in the number of cats dropped off there.

On Tuesday, 30 cats and kittens were dropped off at the shelter between noon and 1 p.m. The shelter expects more drop offs in the coming months.

Dr. Richard Nokes, staff veterinarian at Angels for Animals, said it is not uncommon for the shelter to get as many as 30 cats a day.

He suggests getting your pets spayed or neutered if they are not already. In addition to help controlling the pet population, Nokes said spayed and neutered animals are often friendlier and less aggressive.

“If you’ve ever had an un-spayed or un-neutered cat, they suddenly become not a nice house cat, so getting them spayed or neutered makes them a much better companion,” he said.

Dr. Nokes said Angels for Animals has a clinic that provides low-cost spaying and neutering options for cats and dogs. You can find more information on the shelter’s website.

Those interested in fostering a cat until it finds a home can also contact the shelter for more information.

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