City shelter faces cat crisis with influx of rescues

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s Animal Care and Control shelter is in dire need of people willing to foster or adopt cats because more felines are coming in than the shelter can handle.

The Chicago Tribune reports that nearly 300 rescued cats were housed at the agency’s shelter early this week. That’s a record number for the year, leaving some at risk of being euthanized.

The population of homeless cats typically surges this time of year because mother cats give birth to their second or third litters before the weather turns cold.

But volunteer Mike Ryan says the shelter appears to be at the highest capacity he’s seen in five years.

The shelter posted an urgent plea to Facebook on Wednesday, seeking temporary homes.

They say those who volunteer “could be saving their lives.”