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July 27, 2009

Cats, kittens up for adoption

By Janet Jacobs

Daily Sun



A cat and kitten adoption fair will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the College Park Mall, 3500 W. Seventh Ave. in Corsicana.

The special event is an effort to find some felines loving homes, and is sponsored by the City of Corsicana and the Humane Society. Currently, the city has 50 cats and kittens at the shelter and can’t keep them anymore.

To make it easier for people to adopt the pets, there will be a reduced adoption fee of $20 per cat, which includes the city’s license. City pet licenses are usually $7. However, adopters must sign an agreement to have the cat or kitten spayed or neutered and return proof to the city by Oct. 1.

The city’s animal shelter has been run by the police department and local volunteers since June 16, when six people resigned and one was fired, leaving no employees at the shelter at all.

The shelter is being staffed with temporary employees now, and there’s less reliance on volunteers, said Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton.

“We’re interviewing for full-time, permanent employees now, and we’re beginning to get into a routine at the shelter,” he said. “Next week, we’ll start one officer on animal control.”

For the last three weeks, patrol officers have been answering calls about bad dogs, dead animals and other animal emergencies, Bratton said.

With the addition of an animal services manager, the shelter will become more of an independent department, and it should be back in running order by October, he said.

“We’ve made progress,” Bratton said.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jacobs@corsicanadailysun.com

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