By Donald Campbell

An influx of cats to the Cherokee County Animal Shelter has created an urgent need for people to adopt adult felines, officials said. And, the fee for adoption is being waived to help find the adults homes.

The shelter’s three rooms set aside for cats have become crowded with recent arrivals, according to shelter manager Lori Kekel.

“Our adult cats sometimes get overlooked, especially when there are a lot of kittens here as well,” Kekel said.

Wanting to remind the public how easy and rewarding it can be to adopt an adult cat (any cat six months of age and older), Kekel said she created a post and shared it to the shelter’s Facebook page. According to the post, the shelter waives all fees to adopt one of its adult cats, while still providing all of the same services given when adopting any other animal, including vaccinations, spaying or neutering, microchipping, deworming, a flea and tick treatment, testing for FELV/FIV (Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and a free sample bag of cat food.

Kekel said last week the post she had shared on the shelter’s Facebook page had already been shared nearly 150 times, while a number of phone calls asking about some of the adult cats at the shelter had come in. Kekel said the public had responded to the need and three of the shelter’s adult cats had been officially adopted and were ready to go to their forever home.

The need remains however. Adoptions are done Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The shelter is at 1015 Univeter Road, Canton where adopters can meet potential pets. The public can browse animals available for adoption online at the shelter website: You can call the shelter at 770-345-7270.

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