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Humane Society having a "cat crisis" in Gulfport

Lola is one of the many cats available for adoption at the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport. Lola is one of the many cats available for adoption at the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The Humane Society of South Mississippi has reached its limit when it comes to housing cats. The shelter announced Tuesday that it will no longer be able to accept cats "until this problem is under control."

The Humane Society is currently housing twice as many cats and kittens as it's equipped to handle. HSSM's capacity for cats is 81. The shelter is currently housing 144 cats and kittens. Over the course of the last month 466 cats have entered the shelter. From that number, 351 have been surrendered to HSSM within the last 7 days.

"It absolutely breaks my heart when we are forced to end the lives of these precious cats and kittens simply because there are still too many pets in our community having unwanted litters," said Tara High, executive director for HSSM. "I'm convinced that if the community could witness the tragedy of this situation they would not hesitate to have their pets fixed."

During the month of May, HSSM will spay and neuter cats in the Louise Fenner Claiborne Clinic, located at HSSM, for only $10 to deter future overcrowding problems.

"Cats are at the highest risk for euthanasia in shelters across the U.S." said Jenny Morris, chief veterinarian at HSSM. "We want to control the population of cats so that we are not ending lives uselessly and by offering an affordable spay/neuter surgery price during May we hope to make an impact for our community's future."

If you'd like to help the Humane Society by adopting or fostering pets from the shelter, or by fixing your pets or donating, call the shelter at (228) 863-3354.

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