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Kittens facing euthanasia in North Carolina shelter: Rescues needed now

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Although there are no accurate records kept on stray cats in the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 70 million stray cats live among us. Nationwide 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters annually and 1.4 million are euthanized.

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Of course, we can't save them all, but volunteers and humane advocates from Friends of Rowan County Animal Shelter, with the support of Shane Barbi,who continues her support for the animal community, are networking beautiful kittens and cats now available for immediate adoption or rescue.

"I cry for these kittens and cats, but will keep on advocating for responsible owners. The only way to stop this mass death sentences for these innocent animals is for owners to spay and neuter. We don't need anymore kittens, and no one wants to watch them die," states Shane.

Rowan County Animal Control will be closed for the holiday from 4:30 p.m. Saturday evening to 11:00 a.m Tuesday morning. The shelter is very full and more strays are expected to be coming in over the holiday. Spend your holiday with a new best friend, and adopt a shelter pet today.

More than 30 cats and kittens will be killed at the Rowan County Animal Shelter unless fosters or homes can be found. Follow the desperate plight of these beautiful animals who are hoping to find a safe home before their time is up by clicking here

North Carolina law still permits the use of animal gas chambers.

"The American Humane Association believes that euthanizing shelter animals by carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide is inhumane to the animal and harmful to humans. American Humane Association considers euthanasia by injection (EBI) to be the only acceptable and humane means of euthanasia for all shelter animals."

An online auction is being held to help with vetting and fostering in order to save cats and kittens from euthanasia. Please click here for auction items.

Please share the stories of these beautiful kittens and cats. Many of them are highlighted in the attached slide show. The adoption fee for a cat is $70 which includes a voucher for spay or neuter services. Please check with your own vet. All cats are vaccinated against rabies.

If interested in adopting or fostering, please click here for detailed instructions. Rescue organizations are exempt from adoption fees after approval.

Visit your next furry friend at the Rowan County Animal Shelter located at 1465 Julian Road in Salisbury, N.C. or call (704)-216-7768, 7770, 7771.

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