DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center will no longer handle cats effective immediately.
The ARC is partnering with The Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SICSA to handle cat adoptions and primary care. The ARC does plan on helping with spaying and neutering.
The decision has been coming for some time and comes down to space and health concerns for cats at the shelter.
“The number one thing people need to understand about the Animal Resource Center is that it is no place for animals. When cats come into this environment they are likely to pick up upper respiratory infections and other cat disease type things,” said Bob Gruhl, the Interim Director of the ARC.
Dogs get kennel cough and are able to work through the issues much faster. Cats have weaker respitory systems and time at the shelter can create more long-term issues for them.
Because of an influx of dogs, the resource center has limited cat space. It also doesn’t help when people bring in house cats, feral cats and community cats. All three different backgrounds can make it hard to adopt and in turn leads to longer stays and even euthanasia.
But now the community lacks a quick place to drop cats off. Shelters like SICSA and the Humane Society have to step up, by appointment only.
“We are the ones who will pick up the slack. We will be doing spays and neuters and adoptions, trying to help. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a wait when people come here. We are a no-kill facility ourselves. So when people have an immediate need, there can be a waiting period, which is frustrating,” said Brian Weltge, the CEO & President of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
SICSA told 2 NEWS over the phone that they support the idea, but community training is needed, meaning people need to know they can’t takes cats to the ARC anymore and that clinical care for stray or community cats needs to be planned out and can’t be immediate.
“We have posted on our website. We posted on social media. Our front counter staff is educated on the track at this point. It’s about getting the word out and we are thankful to you for helping us do that,” said Gruhl.