A deadline for cats facing euthanasia at the Mercer County Animal Shelter was lifted Wednesday afternoon when large numbers of the felines were adopted, sent to rescue organizations, or placed with foster homes.
A 6 p.m. deadline was set after the decision was made to disinfect the shelter’s cat quarters. A respiratory infection had spread among the cats, and they had to be moved before their cages and other areas could be cleaned thoroughly.
People came to the shelter Wednesday after reading in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph about the impending deadline. Cats were soon finding new homes.
“We’re getting a lot of them adopted,” Director Lisa Williams said that afternoon. “We’re super busy right now.”
Approximately 65 cats needed to be moved before the clean up could begin.
County Commissioner Gene Buckner estimated about 30 cats were moved by mid-afternoon. The decision not to euthanize any felines Wednesday was made later.
“We had a deadline set today,” he said at approximately 5:30 p.m. “The deadline’s been lifted. We have several promises from volunteers that they’re going to help get the cats out of the shelter and house them until they get healthy, and then bring them back to the shelter.”
After speaking with Williams, Buckner was able to give a final tally.
“We adopted 11 out,” he said. “Twenty were rescued and 24 were fostered. We have 10 cats left. That’s great.”
Work on disinfecting the shelter’s cat areas could begin this weekend, Buckner said.
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