Bad economy leads to shelters crammed with cats |

Bad economy leads to shelters crammed with cats

DENVER (AP) – Colorado animal shelters are crowded with cats, from Denver to Grand Junction, and they chalk it up to the bad economy.

The Denver Dumb Friends League has 800 cats and is waiving adoption fees through Aug. 31 for all felines. The league has seen a 47 percent increase in the number of cats and kittens at both its shelters this year.

Each cat will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and implanted with microchip IDs.

The Mesa County Animal Services shelter in western Colorado has taken in fewer dogs but more cats – a total of 1,468 so far this year. The number of cats taken to the shelter last year was 1,240.

Shelter director Penny McCarty says people are more likely to leave behind cats than dogs when they move.