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East Valley sees surge in stray cat numbers

The number of stray cats in need of adoption is rising and animal rescue organizations are heavily promoting the benefits of adoption, according to a new report from the East Valley Tribune.

One woman has already found a match in a 6-year-old cat named Zoe.

"So far, so good," Shelly Shelton, who recently adopted the adorable black cat, told the news source. "I liked her because she was calm, and a lot of seniors like me don't want a younger cat, but want one that's already trained and won't tear up everything. Anything you can do to help an animal, it's nice. It also helps people, too."

The Humane Society has already taken in more than 9,000 cats and kittens this year, and it is only May.

There are more than 93 million household cats in the U.S., according to the Humane Society. This number exceeds that for dogs because many homes have more than one cat. However, felines are still in need of adoption throughout the country. Animal overpopulation can only be reduced by means spaying, neutering and adoption.
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