The large number of kittens at the Humane Society of Washington County would be less of a problem if more owners spayed or neutered their cats, said Maria Procopio, executive director of the shelter.
Owners should have the surgery done before the cats are 5 months old.
In 2001, participants in the Washington County Spay and Neuter Assistance Program spayed or neutered 550 cats, Procopio said.
The shelter hears a variety of reasons for not spaying or neutering but she does not think any of them are good ones.
Procopio listed some reasons she has heard given and her response:
-- To those who say, "I want my children to witness the miracle of birth," she says, "Rent a video."
-- To those who say, "My pet is so cute and a champion, there should be more of him/her," she said, "Our shelter is full of cute pets, so is our euthanasia list."