The McPherson County Humane Society saw a 50 percent intake bump in 2015 over the year prior.
According to Debbie Gray with the humane society, they took in 154 cats in 2015 and 25 dogs. Gray attributes the increase to a higher number of renters in McPherson over the period.
“And either left the cats behind or called and said, 'I have to get rid of them because I can't find another place to rent [that allows pets],” Gray said. “And we had quite an influx of renters in the city, I'm sure you know. That's probably why we had so many dogs, too. So many cats and dogs left behind. That was hard on us. I'm sure the city animal shelter experienced the same thing.”
Gray says the Fix-A-Cat program in McPherson saw 318 surgeries funded last year, though the city's budget of $12,000 was spent by the end of October.
“Probably another reason we ran out of money, too, was we did more [trap and release] than ever before,” Gray said. “I actually put a small group together right around the end of spring and I had five people working in different areas of town on the ferals. I would be my wish that people with pets would actually fund their own spay and neuter, but that probably won't happen. I would like to use that money on the ferals.”
Gray says over 80 surgeries were paid for thanks to donors. The McPherson City Commission re-authorized the Fix-A-Cat funding of $12,000 for 2016 during Monday's meeting.