It’s raining cats and kittens at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. A companion cat adoption program has been put in place for the summer, which encourages adoptive families to adopt two cats rather than one, and for the second you only have to pay a small administrative fee.

This initiative couldn’t have come at a better time, because despite having recently increased its cat capacity by over 30%, the shelter no longer has room for any additional cats or kittens. The Executive Director for the KW Humane Society, Jack Kinch, tells 570 News, “We’re averaging about a hundred new cats and kittens a week and unfortunately we’re only adopting out between fifty and sixty”.

Kinch says about the health concerns of this crisis, “The greatest risk to a healthy population is overcrowding because it creates stress on the cats and their natural immunity to disease goes down … a healthy population can get infected quite quickly”.

Just last month the KWHS took a pledge, committing to not euthanize any healthy, adoptable cats, but “currently we are full and our foster families are full,” tells Kinch. “The kittens that are in the foster families are approaching maturity and will be available for adoption in the next three to four weeks so we’re really concerned with all those kittens coming back that there isn’t sufficient demand in the community”

The companion cat adoption initiative will be in place through to September 1st.

If you’re interested in adopting, visit www.kwhumane.com.