Pet cares

Charleston animal shelter full, needs foster homes after rescuing 64 cats

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association (KCHA) works hard to care for local animals in need, and now the shelter needs an extra helping hand from the community.

KCHA is facing overcrowding after taking in 64 cats, most kittens under 4 weeks old.

At the shelter, there are currently around 500 animals, including 243 cats and 174 dogs. These high numbers are why KCHA is looking for foster families and adopters to help place as many animals as possible into the homes.

Sarah Tolley, KCHA’s community engagement manager, said promoting is easy, free and fun. She said the KCHA offers foster families with support to help guide the animal care process.

“KCHA provides your medical supplies and care, you provide a safe environment for the kittens to grow up in,” Tolley said. “A month of sharing your spare bedroom could make all the difference in the whole world of a fragile little kitten!”

Most foster families only have to commit three or four weeks before the kittens are old enough to be adopted, Tolley said. For more information, you can email Brooke Moffat or join the “KCHA Foster Heroes!” Facebook group.

For animals already old enough for adoption, the KCHA organizes a special adoption. The BISSELL Pet Foundation is helping KCHA “empty the shelters” by sponsoring adoption for just $25 May 2-15. The $25 fee includes spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and tick treatment, deworming, and Charleston Petco coupons.

“Shelters across the country are over capacity and highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the biggest crises in years,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “BISSELL Pet Foundation is calling on people to visit their community shelters during ‘Empty the Shelters’ to save a life through adoption. Without you, there is no tomorrow for these deserving pets.

Interested adopters can view available animals on the KCHA website. People interested in a foster family can go to the shelter to meet the animals that need to be taken in.

KCHA hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday 12pm-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm