21 Aug 2014
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No Room at the Inn: SPCA Turns Away Cats

For the first time, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County has such an overflow of cats and kittens that it has created a waiting list.

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Spring has arrived and with it comes baby animals. In the case of the , that means lots of kittens.

The number of cats and kittens at the shelter has grown to more than 250, and SPCA employee Jenell Maunder said employees created a waiting list for people looking to surrender their cat or kitten.

The waiting list just started, but Maunder anticipates it could grow because right now is just the beginning of "kitten season"—the time when most kittens are dropped off to her shelter.

"How long they have to wait will really depends on when we have space open," Maunder said.

Maunder advised that people with litters of kittens wait until they are 8 weeks old before bringing them to a shelter because they cannot be adopted out any younger.

"Kittens are a priority, so we try to get them in as quickly as possible," Maunder said.

It will still cost you $70 to adopt a kitten, but cat adoptions will be free all summer long. The normal fee is $45 per cat, Maunder said. 

"Keep in mind that it covers the animal being spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped," Maunder said.

All the adult cats adopted during the summer will still receive these perks free of charge. 

There is still room at the shelter for dogs in need of a home.

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