Only half as many cats have been adopted from the Spencerville Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) cat rescue this year compared to this time in 2020 and 2021.
That’s according to Cindy Cere, a worker with the nonprofit organization, who says the downturn in adoptions has caused some financial strain.
“We are taking in and sterilizing the same number of cats each year, but this year adoptions are down by half,” Cere says. “This makes our income greatly reduced because adoption fees help us continue to do our TNR work.”
Cere says there are also less foster families, whose job is to take care of the stray cats and kittens the organization takes in before adoption, volunteering than usual.
“We have about 25 foster homes right now collectively taking care of over 100 cats,” she says. “In past years we have had almost double the number of fosters helping with the same number of cats.”
On top of adoptions and fosters, Cere says the organization also needs volunteers willing to help with day-to-day tasks and running fundraising events. If you’re interested, you can learn more on the Spencerville TNR website.