Bismarck shelter overrun by cats


New-born kittens are hard to resist, but an overcrowding of the cute, fluffy animal is putting a lot stress on shelters.

It’s an image that can make anyone say “awwww”. But what if I told you this adorable kitten has to be fed every two hours? It’s no joke.

“Humidity has to best just perfect, the formula has to be just perfect. It’s a 24 hour job,” said animal foster Vicki Zacher.

Furry Friends Rockin Rescue gets 4 to 5 calls a day from people about stray and feral cats around town. This is just one foster room filled to the brim with kittens.

Julie Schirado said, “We have them in our laundry rooms. We have them our basements, we have them in our garages that we keep heated. It’s a process when you’re trying to save lives.”

The rescue has nearly 100 kittens and cats currently in their system and its been that way since the beginning of summer.  They spend over 2 thousand dollars a month on vet bills, food, and litter. 

“What people don’t realize is, you know, in two months, this is going to be a full-grown cat. She’s cute now. She’s cuddly now. In two months she will be a huge cat,” said Zacher. 

Schirado stresses the importance of getting your cats spayed or neutered. It can help the population more than you think. A female cat becomes fertile at 3 months old and they have on-average 12 kittens a year. 

She emphasized, “By year 5, we’re talking 4 to 5 thousand. By year 10 to 12, it’s a million. So, it’s absolutely staggering what one female cat can produce, way different than dogs.”

Furry Friends Rockin Rescue is always looking for donations, volunteers, and foster homes for their animals. Visit for more. 

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