Huge Cat Sale At Omaha Shelter: Nine Lives For Nine Dollars

By: Melina MatthesMMatthes@kptm.comOMAHA (kptm) - If you're considering buying a cat, now is the time to do so. The Nebraska Humane Society is trying to free up space and so it's practically giving away cats. Officials said the sale is all a part of a bigger plan. Any cat at the shelter that's more than a year old is only nine dollars. It's a way for the shelter to free up space and have more room for feral cats coming in. Jacque Smith and her family has fed and cared for feral cats for four years. Right now they're taking care of 10 cats and they're licensed to do so by the Nebraska Humane Society. "A lot of people think we're kind of like crazy cat people and that's fine but we keep the population down really. If you think about it, there could be 30-40 more cats and there are 10 and that's it and they're all fixed so there won't be more." Smith said Omaha has a huge feral cat problem. To keep numbers down she works with the humane society. She traps the cats and the shelter fixes them. "A male and female cat within a year can have four or five liters of five to six kittens. That's a lot of cats, so it's really important to get them kind of controlled in a population." To help with the feral cat problem in town, the Nebraska Humane Society is planning to take in a large number of homeless cats, but to do so it first has to free up space. "We're getting into cat season as opposed to ending cat season and so we will be seeing more and more cats coming into the shelter and if we can get these guys through the system and into great homes, then there's a better chance of getting more of them through the system who come up behind them," spokesperson for the Nebraska Humane Society, Pam Wiese said Now through the end of May, every cat is on sale. "It's really hard from them when they have so many cats because they have to find homes for them all and they have to put them down if they can't and that's really hard," Smith said. "If you adopt a cat, you actually save two lives. You save the life of the cat in that kennel and then you save the life of the cat who can take his kennel," Wiese said. The Nebraska Humane Society has more than 70 cats for sale. Any cat a year and older is only nine dollars. Kittens are $75, but that is still 40% off regular price. All cats including kittens, are buy one, get one free. "Like" Melina on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to stay connected.
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