(WEAU) - According to the Humane Society of the United States, 6 to 8 million pets end up in shelters each year. Half of those will not be adopted.
So, how do you go about adopting cats?
"I have fostered over 70 kittens, 5 adult cats, 3 dogs and a rabbit,” said Amy Peck, Pepin County Humane Society.
For Amy Peck, pet fostering through the Pepin County Humane Society is her passion.
"You get these animals that were found homeless, maybe their starving or have medical problems, and you're their guardian angel,” said Peck.
Right now, the shelter has five cats hoping to find a home.
"This is Carol, she had kittens in September, she was actually abandoned at our shelter. Asia is a very sweet male cat. All the animals right here are spay and neutered,” said Peck.
But that number will quickly go up.
"They go by season so cats normally will breed when the weather turns warm and the sun is out longer," said Peck.
At the Pepin County Humane Society, all the cats are either a year old or under, but as you can tell they have a lot of energy.
"This is kitty Fun Land. We so many kind and generous individuals that will donate toys to the cats," said Peck.
But others choose not to adopt from shelters.
"A lot of people think they can get a free cat; I don't want to pay an adoption fee,” said Peck.
The adoption fee here is $100 dollars, but it includes spaying or neutering, vaccines, deworming and a vet visit.
"If you adopt from your animal shelter, we know the personality of that cat, we know which cats do really well with children, which cats will do awesome with dogs,” said Peck.
After several years of pet fostering, each one still has a place in Amy's heart.
“For each foster animal I take in, I take a picture of them. It helps me to remember them, the fun times I had with them,” said Peck.
If you want more information about these cats or about pet fostering, call 715- 672-8389 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.