Aberdeen, South Dakota (Dakota News Now) – The Aberdeen Area Humane Society says yielding has increased, especially in cats during the colder months of the year.
Staff say they are at capacity for cats. This is due to the increased surrender seen during the colder months of cats brought in by citizens who live outside but are worried about the temperature dropping.
Aberdeen District Humanitarian Association Shelter Manager Elaine Scheible said: “I see a lot of adult cats at this time of year. ‘Oh, I’ve been taking care of this cat all summer, and it’s getting cold, so I really want to bring him in.'”
Shelter staff say they appreciate citizens’ concern for the cats, but that some cats prefer to live outside. Some cats can survive in cold temperatures as long as they have food, water and shelter.
“At the end of the day, cats outside at this time of year need a little warmer place to wake up, not in the snow,” says Schaible. “If you are building a small outdoor shelter, you will want to use straw rather than hay or blankets.
The city recently approved changes to Aberdeen’s animal ordinance. This will allow for more nurturing opportunities that can free up space in shelters for animals that urgently need medical attention.
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