Local shelter turning away cat drop-offs due to crowding

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local animal shelter has been forced to turn away cat drop-offs, because it's running out of space.

The Harbor Humane Society in Ottawa County is currently housing about 200 cats. Shelter officials say anyone who wants to drop off their cat will have to go on a waiting list. They say it's not uncommon to turn away cats during the busy summer months.

"The animals well-being is our number one goal, so if there is an animal we are unable to care for, that would be inhumane of us to take them in and keep them here for so long in improper conditions," says Sarah Uzarski, development director for Harbor Humane Society.

Harbor Humane Society recently changed its administrative staff. Shelter officials say they're trying to reduce the cat population through adoption and by transferring the animals to other organizations. The shelter is required to accept stray cats, because of its contract with Ottawa County.


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