Thousands of stray cats and dogs found in Columbus

Thousands of stray cats and dogs found in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thousands of stray cats and dogs roam in the city of Columbus, Georgia everyday. Abandoning or neglecting pets, often lead to pet overpopulation and other related problems.

According to, about 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are put down in shelters each year due to the lack of space and resources.

While Animal Control have to euthanize animals at their shelters, Jim Lilli with Paws Humane explained that Paws Humane looks over their animals until they find their forever-home.

"Paws Humane in Columbus see about 1,500 animals on average each year," Jim Lilli explained. "We find homes for all of them. I believe Animal Control, on the other hand, took almost 8,000 stray cats and dogs in 2013."

Lilli explained that about 7,000 to 10,000 stray cats and dogs roam the streets in the city. He said there are ways to control this issue.

"The most important thing is spaying and neutering our pets," Lilli said. "Spay surgeries help cut down an overpopulation problem, like we have right now. It's also for the safety of individuals, because you want to make sure that none of these animals are carrying diseases. Also, responsible pet ownership is the most important thing. Make sure to make a commitment to your pet and take care of them."

Only 1 out of 10 dogs will find a permanent home. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people five to 1, according to

About 120 volunteers help out at Paws Humane monthly, and Paws Humane also have events to encourage people to adopt.

"We have our February event called 'Looking for Love' right now," Lilli said. "Adult cats only cost $45 to adopt. Kittens only cost $65. These fees cover spay surgery, vaccine, micro-chip, de-warming and more."

Paws Humane is also launching their new program this February. It is called neonatal parenting, and qualified volunteers can foster young kittens and puppies until they are ready to be adopted.

For more information on adopting, volunteering and helping, visit Paws Humane at

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