The Randolph County Animal Shelter is in the midst of a "cat-astrophe." The facility currently has more than 100 cats and kittens for adoption and a waiting list of nearly 200 to be placed at the shelter.
Carrie Shupp, cat shelter coordinator, said it is kitten season, which spikes in June and lasts through August.
"We have tons of cats and kittens and a waiting list of about 200 more," Shupp said. "We simply do not have any more room at the shelter to meet the need."
Shupp said the shelter is offering a special discount through August to help find "forever homes" for these pets.
"We have a program called '9 Lives for $9,'" Shupp said. "Hopefully, this will help get the cats out into homes. We are also looking for donors, and for people who can sponsor cats to get spayed and neutered."
Shupp encourages cat owners to make sure their pets are spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters and cut down on the cat and kitten population.
"Cats and kittens are wonderful pets who do not have to be walked," Shupp said. "They are devoted, sweet and loving. They also do not have to be boarded when their owners are traveling. You can just have someone stop in and feed them and check on them. Cats do not take up much room and they are highly entertaining."
Shupp said some of the cats at the Randolph County Animal Shelter have been there for more than a year.
"Mother cats with kittens do not do well in the shelter," Shupp said. "We have had two cats recently who had litters, and all of the kittens died."
Shupp encourages families to come and adopt a kitten or cat. They have all colors, sizes and shapes of cats ready for adoption.
The Randolph County Animal Shelter is located at 195 Weese St. in Elkins. Hours for adoption are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Additional information is available by calling 304-636-7844.