Looking for a furry friend? AWL has cats, lots of cats
QUEENSTOWN — The Animal Welfare League averages about 150 cats at its facility, all available for adoption, at any given time. Currently, the Queen Anne’s County animal shelter, located at 201 Clay Dr., has about 180 cats.
But in the coming weeks, Animal Welfare League staff will have an even bigger challenge. It will have to deal with 100 cats more than normal, as about 70 cats will be coming to the facility.
“We’re here. We have cats,” said shelter manager Kirstyn Northrop-Cobb. “If you’re considering a cat, now is the time.”
Being the county shelter, Northrop-Cobb said the nonprofit organization accepts all stray and surrendered animals in the county. So, when a local farmer wanted to get rid of his “over abundance” of cats, about 70 of them, in steps the Animal Welfare League.
To help manage all of the fuzzy felines, NorthropCobb said the farmer is working with Animal Welfare League to stagger when the cats will be dropped off. In the mean time, Northrop-Cobb said the organization is focused on promoting adoption to help mitigate some of the situation. She also said the organization will work to find foster homes for some of the cats as well reaching out to other animal rescue organizations to see they can help and potentially take a few.
For interested adopters, Northrop-Cobb said staff want the person to pick the cat and the cat to pick the person, allowing interested candidates to get acquainted in a room at the facility. All cats that are adopted out are fully vetted, coming spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for leukemia and AIDS, Northrop-Cobb said. The felines are also microchipped.
A staffer conducts a background check on the applicant to make sure there is no history of animal abuse, and if completed, the cat can go home the same day, NorthropCobb said.
Northrop-Cobb said another avenue to pursue is to foster cats out. Interested people can contact Animal Welfare League, which provides the fosterfamily everything needed — veterinary care, behavioral training and food. “All they need to do is provide a little bit of space,” she said.
Finding foster homes for kittens, she said, is particularly helpful for the shelter because Maryland state law states cats can’t go home with someone until eight weeks of age.
“Sometimes people with kittens that are under eight weeks of age, we can’t adopt out yet because they aren’t old enough,” Northrop-Cobb said. “So, that’s where our fosters usually come in handy.”
Another option the Animal Welfare League is going to explore is finding participants for its barn cat program. Northrop-Cobb said that people looking to have fewer rodents in their barns or warehouses or similar set-ups could take advantage of the program and adopt multiple cats. “We do have cats that would be good in those situations,” Northrop-Cobb said.
“In addition to that we’ve got a lot of cute little fuzzy kittens,” she said.
Northrop-Cobb said the organization already has a tough time adopting out all of its cats, because there are “just so many of them.” Though the organization is in particular need of families now, she said Animal Welfare League is always in need of families to adopt.
For more information, visit www.awlqac.org.
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The Queen Anne’s County Animal Welfare League is looking for interested people to adopt cats as it will be taking in about 70 more in the coming weeks.
These kittens, born at the Animal Welfare League office in Queenstown, are ready for adoption.
The Queen Anne’s County Animal Welfare League is looking for interested parties to adopt cats as it will be taking in about 70 more in the coming weeks and is already over capacity.