CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kitten season is in full force at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association's shelter along Greenbrier Street.
Eighty-five cats and kittens sat in cages at the shelter Friday, as the shelter decided to slash adoption fees and took to social media to find the animals homes.
The fee is normally $61, which includes spaying or neutering, first set of shots, worming, and rabies shot if the animal is old enough.
Shelter officials decided over the weekend to reduce the fee to $40 for female cats and $30 for males. That led to an influx of adoptions. Unfortunately, the shelter still took in more cats and kittens Saturday than were adopted.
Executive Director Donna Clark said the shelter is overrun.
"We typically receive 15 to 20 cats per day on average and only two or three get adopted," Clark said. "We are taking in more cats than we can handle, and we end up having to put them down. It does bother me a lot when we have to do that."
So far this month, 90 cats have been euthanized. In April, the figure was 95.
Katie Lifnik, director of cat protection and policy for the Humane Society of the United States, said although it depends on location and climate, the months of April and May are when shelters generally see a rise in cat intake, especially in West Virginia.
The Kanawha shelter euthanized 397 cats in April 2012.
Lifnik said overpopulation is a nationwide problem.
Getting cats spayed and neutered is the ultimate solution, and there are many programs to assist pet owners with the cost.