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Animal demands stretch Lenoir SPCA shelter thin

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Animal shelters across the east are in states of emergency, especially one in Lenoir County. In just one week, people have dropped off 49 cats and the animals just keep coming.

"It is very overcrowded,” said Lisa Ruzesinski, shelter director. “Right now we've been getting a high influx of animals."

On Tuesday, the shelter took in 17 cats. That brings their total to 49 cats in seven days.

It's an alarming problem for the Lenoir SPCA shelter serving Lenoir County and Kinston. The shelter is running out of room; anywhere you look are kittens and cats, just waiting to be adopted.

"A lot of times if you add up the number of animals that we get in a day, it would pretty much take up an entire room for us," said Ruzesinski.

Felicia Shepard is one who says that she cannot take care of the cats hanging around her house. She called Ruzesinski today to find out when she could drop off three kittens.

"I didn't know what else to do,” said Felicia Shepard. “And I didn't just want to take them somewhere and just drop them off in another neighborhood, ‘cause that wouldn't be the responsible thing to do."

Shepard says "Oscar" showed up at her house around Christmastime and she fed her. She thought it was the right thing to do.

Oscar has since had two litters of kittens, which Sheppard says she just can't afford.    

"I wish I could keep them," she told 9 On Your Side.

The SPCA told Shepard she'd have to bring the kittens by next week, after more room was made for them. That means to keep up with intake, some will have to be let go.

"Spay and neutering is key,” explained Ruzesinski. “I mean, the pet population problem is just horrendous. There are just too many animals, not enough homes."

"I thought I was doing the right thing by feeding the cat,” said Shepard. “I didn't know that I was contributing to a large problem."

Staff members at the shelter say it's become extremely difficult to deal with the amount of animals being dropped off. And there's a real concern that they be near the tipping point.

To help with the problem the SPCA is running a special. You can take home one of the cats for just $30, which includes spay and/or neuter and vaccinations. If they are adults, you'll also get a rabies shot. 
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