The shelter has adopted out more than 4,500 animals, taking in 465 last year. More than 3,600 cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered either as shelter animals or through the Spay Neuter Incentive Program.
The shelter is built to hold 100 cats and currently has many more than that.
The most common reason animals end up there is that people need to move and cannot find a new place to live that allows animals.
“A lot of landlords don’t want to have pets, so these people don’t have a choice,” said Lil Cassidy, manager of the Adirondack Humane Society.
Cassandra Thomas and Sarah Donlan, both Plattsburgh State students, kept this in mind as they sat in the cage.
“There are a lot of homeless cats,” Thomas said. “In order to stop the reproduction of cats, we need to spay and neuter them, but we need money for that.”
Rory King said it’s about time the college started giving back to the shelter, especially since some students abandon their cats.
“I support the animal shelter and think this is a good cause,” said Plattsburgh resident Laraine Locklin. “All the animals I ever had were strays.”