Shelter urges residents to hold off on turning in cats

The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center recently took in more than a dozen cats sick with respiratory infections and urges residents to hold off on turning in cats to the shelter until more space is available.

The shelter has suspended its rental of cat traps to capture strays and is asking that cat owners seeking to surrender their cats wait until the shelter is able to get more of the felines in its care ready for adoption and placed into homes. While the sick cats are being quarantined and treated, the cat room at the shelter is still open as usual and there are many healthy cats currently available for adoption.

“Cats are free roaming animals and are allowed to be outside. So please hold off on capturing and turning in stray cats while we work to get the many friendly felines in our care adopted into loving homes,” Animal Control Supervisor Arleen Garcia says. “We have many wonderful animals currently available and we hope to see you soon if you’re thinking of adding a cat or dog to your family.”

The cats sick with upper respiratory infections are being treated with antibiotics and will be reevaluated in two weeks to see if they’re healthy and ready for adoption. Cats at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center are available for adoption for a $50 fee and dogs are available for a $75 fee. That includes sterilization, the first set of vaccinations, a complete physical exam, City pet license, and a microchip implant.

For more information, call the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center at (520) 458-4151. The shelter is located at 6799 E. Hwy 90 and is open Tuesday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.


As published by the City of Sierra Vista