Milwaukee area shelters 'overwhelmed' with cats in need of forever homes

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY (CBS 58) -- An abundance of adoptable cats is overwhelming shelters in the Milwaukee area. Those shelters are hoping to get the word out that they need help.

One organization we talked to is right now housing 225 cats. They're all with foster families, each one caring for multiple cats at a time -- so they're in great need of more fosters, and especially adoptees. 

One look, one touch and it's hard to put these tiny furballs down.

"And he is very chill. He likes to be handled. He likes to play. He likes to sleep on his back and show us his belly," said Alisen Huskey, foster mom for Urban Cat Coalition. 

Pine is one of six 6-week-old kittens being cared for by Alisen Huskey in her Wauwatosa home. 

"They all need to be adopted so we can find more cats to save," said Sarah Otto of Urban Cat Coalition.

Urban Cat Coalition posted their plea on their Facebook page saying they are overwhelmed and their fosters have more cats than they should.

"There's been a lack of spay and neuter appointments. There's kind of a vet shortage right now and there's no clear public TNR, trap, neuter, return, spay and neuter surgeries either," said Otto.

At Almost Home MKE, Karey Endthoff's fostering multiple cats too, hoping to find their purr-fect home, and she's also finding cat adoptions down.

"People are going out more. They're not staying home as much. Even just the price of bringing in an animal to the home," said Endthoff, founder of Almost Home Cat Rescue MKE.

Almost Home Cat Rescue's got 30 adoptables, which you can see on their website, like Polo and Muppet.

"And so I always joke that Polo is the action and Muppet's the thinker," said Endthoff.

The two have become good buddies in foster care. She's now looking for a home to take them both. 

As a foster, adoption day can be bittersweet. 

"So it is sad. I always cry. But it's always a better thing for them to have a full house to be in," said Endthoff. 

So many cats to play with, so little time. If you're interested in answering the call to either foster or to adopt, you can see all these cuties on these websites:

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