Humane Society seeks temp homes for cats

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: May. 2, 2013 | Modified: May. 2, 2013
Humane Society seeks temp homes for cats

Animal care tech Jen Wissing tends to one of the Watauga Humane Society’s 34 cats. The shelter is currently looking for temporary homes for the cats, while the Humane Society’s floors are being repainted.

Photo by Jesse Campbell

The Watauga Humane Society is hoping local animal lovers will graciously open their homes to a feline companion in the coming weeks, as the staff takes care of some much needed housekeeping.

Currently, the shelter’s kitten population is residing in a makeshift tent shelter behind the main building, while the floors are being repainted for health reasons.

Animal care technician Jen Wissing said the Humane Society is searching for anyone who will sponsor or take care of a cat for the immediate future, while crews work to make the shelter pet-ready once again.

As of last week, approximately 34 cats were living inside the tent, which is heated at night by electric heaters, while the interior of the building is being brought up to code, Wissing said. “We are looking for anyone to sponsor the cats to get them out of the tent,” she said.

The cats are not the only ones who have been inconvenienced by the repairs, as Wissing explained almost all of the Humane Society’s operations have been temporary relocated in nearby trailers.

Canines, however, remain in the kennels for the time being. “We will have to redo the dog kennels at another time,” Wissing said.

Despite the nuisances the repainting has caused, Wissing said the organization’s operations are still humming along.

“It has been chaotic, but everything is still running as normal,” she said. “We are still doing adoptions, intake of animals, and we are still running our spay-neuter program. We are trying to be as normal as we can.”

Wissing said the Humane Society has operated at its current home since October 2011.

With the pet sponsorship, Wissing assures the public that it is not a ploy to coerce someone into pet adoption, although they are invited to foster a cat with the possibility of adoption. “We want the cats to come back here, unless someone wants to adopt,” she said.

So far, the community has chipped in to help the shelter adjust to its scattered operations. “We had one lady come in the other day and adopt eight cats,” Wissing said.

Wissing said there are also a few kittens that are reaching the age of adoption.

Most of the animals that come into the Humane Society are drop-offs, not transfers. “We rarely do transfers,” said Wissing.

High intakes at the shelter can be avoided if pet owners take proper precautions by spaying or neutering their pets.

“People need to understand that spaying your pets is not just for the health of the animals, but for the benefit of the animals they make,” Wissing said, adding that spaying or neutering is also low-cost.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a cat can contact the Watauga Humane Society at (828) 264-7865 or visit the center at 312 Paws Way, which is just off Old U.S. 421.

“They can come here, and we will walk them through the entire process,” Wissing said.

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