Some cats get kicked to the curb

This is one of the dozens of cats that are waiting to be adopted in Northwest Ohio. / Joe Galli

A rise in the population of cats and kittens in northwest Ohio is forcing local shelters to make difficult decisions. According to Helen Bensch, the executive director of the Toledo Animal Shelter, the situation has become so bad, they're now turning away people who come to drop off cats.

"Everybody is overflowing with cats and kittens," Bensch said. "We have no space available."

She also said there are many factors contributing to the rise in the cat popualtion, including the recent housing crisis. As more and more people lose their homes, they are forced to abandon their pets.

Pets who aren't spayed or neutered present another problem for shelters. According to the Humane Ohio website, "under Ohio law, there is no one agency responsible for handling free-roaming cats. As a result, cats are often left to roam the streets unsterilized."

For information on how you can get your pet spayed or neutered or adopting a pet for your home, visit

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