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Summer leaves many eastern Iowa animal shelters full of cats


The summer months not only mean warm weather but an increase of cats for many animal shelters in the eastern Iowa area. The Dubuque Regional Humane Society currently has about 100 cats and kittens spread out in three different locations. Along with those 100 cats and kittens, the humane society says they have 25 cats and kittens in foster homes.

That's a large increase from the winter months. During the winter months the humane society can see as little as 30 cats and no kittens. Despite the increase during the summer months, humane society officials say they've seen fewer kittens this year than in past summers.

Jane McCall is president of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

"Our peak year was in 2009 when we took in over 3,000 cats and kittens. So we have seen a decline. Spaying and neutering certainly is making a difference. We would really encourage people who own cats and kittens to have them spayed and neutered."McCall said.

McCall says during the summer months the Dubuque Regional Humane Society often has adoption specials for their cats and kittens. She also says every animal that is adopted out of the humane society is spayed or neutered. Along with cats, the Dubuque Regional Humane Society say they also see an increase in dogs in the summer months. But, that increase is not as dramatic as the number of cats they receive during those months.


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