UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m. (Oct. 27):
Volunteers and staff from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton spent Saturday afternoon building 60 cat shelters around the community so cats without homes can stay warm.
“It is our mission to ensure all animals are valued and free from suffering,” said Brian Weltge, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. “This includes those that are considered stray or community cats. By providing caretakers of these cats with resources such as shelters we are helping to keep more animals safe in our community.”
For more information, call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will be working with volunteers this weekend to reach a goal of building 60 shelters to help Montgomery County’s stray cats survive winter.
There are an estimated 50,000 stray cats in Montgomery County, Humane Society of Greater Dayton officials said.
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Each year, the humane society builds homemade shelters that can be distributed for free throughout the community, so cats have a way to escape the cold.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, volunteers and humane society staff will be working together to build 60 shelters.
The shelters are built through the humane society’s Trap-Neuter-Return program. Each year, nearly 1,000 stray cats are humanely trapped and brought to the society’s shelter where they are spayed or neutered and ear-tipped (the universal sign of an altered community cat).
Once they recover from surgery, these cats are released where they were initially caught. This helps maintain the number of animals using any given food source but stops them from reproducing, which contributes to the cat overpopulation of our communities, Brian Weltge, humane society president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.