Warm Fall May be Attributed to High Intake of Cats in Shelters

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago January 11, 2014 Jan 11, 2014 Saturday, January 11 2014 Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:27:00 PM CST in News
By: Jiaxi Lu, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Generally, the spring and summer months are busy for animal shelters in terms of cat intake. Due to the warmer than usual weather last fall, shelters are seeing more cats than usual. 

Colin LaVaute, Central Missouri Humane Society Shelter Relations Coordinator said the weather last fall was very mild and warm, that contributed to having a large influx of cats in the shelter. Many are still there at this time. The CMHS took in 2,427 cats in the year of 2013, roughly 500 more cats compared with 2012, according to LaVaute.

"That's why it's very important to to spay and neuter your cats because if they get loose, they breed, then end up in animals shelters like ours," LaVaute said.

Over 100 cats are waiting to be adopted since the CMHS offered cat special adoption for $20.14 on January 1, 2014. The price includes fees for spaying or neutering the animal, microchip and up-to-date vaccinations. This special applies to adult cats since there are more adults than kittens in the shelter.

"Every one loves a fuzzy little kitten, but the adult cats still in need of their homes and there are some wonderful felines we have back here right now," LaVaute said.

LaVaute said so far the shelter has 42 cats adopted out since the special offer started. Last year 63 cats in total were adopted in January.

This is the first time the CMHS has done this particular special, and it is the longest special they have run to date.

Over 40% of the shelter's budget is derived from donations and fundraisers, according to LaVaute. He said donations are very helpful to the organization and that is what allows it to offer this low rates.

"Financially we take a hit whenever we offer specials like this," LaVaute said. "But our mission is to alleviate the suffering of mid-Missouri adoptable animals and so our first priority is re-homing these animals at whatever means necessary."

During the CoMoGives campaign in December 2013, an end of the year giving campaign that collects donations on behalf of 30 Columbia nonprofits, LaVaute said the shelter received more than $8,000 in donations.

"The tricky things is people are gonna get an animal whenever the timing is right," LaVaute said. "While specials are great and everything, it's an opportunity for us to spread the word. It has to be a family decision before you adopt an animal because it's a big responsibility. That being said, we are hoping that timing is right for more people at this time of the year."

The adoption special will run through Jan. 31, 2014. More information about cat adoption can be found on the Central Missouri Humane Society website. 

More News

Grid
List
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A Missouri man who spent eight years behind bars for murder has been acquitted in a... More >>
51 minutes ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:26:56 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities said fireworks that were mistaken for gunshots led to a standoff near Rockhurst University. ... More >>
1 hour ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:09:14 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former general manager of a suburban St. Louis car dealership is accused of defrauding the... More >>
1 hour ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:05:38 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The incoming president of the University of Missouri System and officials attending a welcoming ceremony in... More >>
1 hour ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:00:15 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A $2,000 donation will help protect South Callaway residents from potentially deadly house fires. Safeco Insurance's Protecting... More >>
1 hour ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:52:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Fulton woman has pleaded guilty to money-laundering related to distributing synthetic cannabinoids, or K2, at businesses... More >>
1 hour ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:45:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Housing Authority announced today the plan to renovate 90 units in the coming years. The... More >>
2 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:15:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities said a Kansas City man who stole a firearm from a homicide victim has been... More >>
2 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:01:43 PM CST in News
PARKVILLE (AP) - A campaign is underway to restore holiday decorations that were removed from trees along a suburban Kansas... More >>
2 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 1:56:25 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school system has shed an unaccredited label that had forced it to... More >>
2 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 1:49:07 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Friday, police identified one of the suspects in the October 31 homicide on Michigan Street. ... More >>
4 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 11:45:00 AM CST in News
BOONE COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man late Thursday night after he fled his van which then rolled into a... More >>
5 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 10:56:00 AM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — The son of former St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has been sentenced to 23 years in... More >>
5 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 10:29:34 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A pedestrian suffered moderate injuries after being hit by a car on the 1400 block of Rangeline Street... More >>
6 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 9:27:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police are investigating the thefts of three Salvation Army fundraising Christmas kettles in the St. Louis... More >>
7 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 8:40:33 AM CST in News
WEBSTER GROVES (AP) — Webster University in suburban St. Louis is investigating after hundreds of fliers with racist and homophobic... More >>
8 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 8:18:10 AM CST in News
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (AP) — One person is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting in north St. Louis County. ... More >>
8 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 8:07:49 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - At least four people have been detained after police and SWAT team members raided a house in central... More >>
8 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 7:48:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 48°
5pm 43°
6pm 39°
7pm 37°
8pm 36°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
4:00p
Cops Reloaded
4:30p
The Cleveland Show
5:00p
American Dad!

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
8:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Vampire Diaries
8:00p
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld