When 17 cats and kittens were brought to the Payson Humane Society on a recent Saturday, shelter employees decided it was time to take action.
"That was a bad day," shelter manager Diane Fitzpatrick said. "But we've received as many as 20 cats and kittens in a single day before."
With the help of an $800 donation from Thrivant, a senior citizens group, the society is staging a half-price kitten sale through the end of July. During the sale all kittens are just $25, and the current selection is outstanding.
"We have 57 kittens and 41 cats right now," Fitzapatrick said. "Rather than euthanize, we're going to use that donation to pay for half the adoption fees."
The total of 98 felines puts the shelter at capacity. While strays still have to be accepted, owner-donated cats and kittens are being placed on a waiting list.
The cat and kitten glut is a typical summer occurrence.
"June, July and August are just terrible," Fitzpatrick said. "That's when mamas go into heat."
The Arizona Humane Society's Mobile Spay/Neuter & Animal Wellness Center will be visiting Payson Tuesday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Aug. 28.
The clinic, which will be located in the Bashas' parking lot, will accept animals on a first-come, first serve basis beginning at 7 a.m. each day. Male cats are $25 and male dogs are $45. Female cats are $35 and female dogs are $55-$65.
For more information on adopting a kitten or the spay/neuter clinic, call the Payson Humane Society at 474-5590.