The Humane Society of Erie County has a kitten conundrum.
And foster parents could help.
As of Tuesday, the shelter was home to 130 cats and kittens. By July, it expects close to 200.
More than a dozen kittens greet shelter visitors from three cages in the entrance of the humane society.
The tiny felines "meow" and drape their paws between the bars, reaching out to anyone who walks by.
"Foster families can help us save these kitties," said Amy Porter, director of the Humane Society of Erie County.
The humane society is seeking caring volunteers to open their hearts and homes to become foster parents for some of these furry, four-legged youngsters.
Porter said that retirees and kids at home for the summer would be perfect foster parent candidates, though they welcome help from anyone.
Many of the kittens surrendered to the shelter are less than 6 weeks old, and each require more constant care than the shelter can provide.
Foster parents must be able to feed the kittens and care for them around the clock, but the rewards are worth the responsibility.
When the kittens are 6 weeks old, foster parents return them to the shelter to be adopted.
Every spring, kittens are brought into the shelter because of unplanned litters.
Porter emphasizes the importance of spaying and neutering to prevent large numbers of abandoned kittens.
The humane society offers a low- cost spay and neuter program the last Tuesday of every month. The cost is $32 for male cats and $45 for females. Kittens must be 3 months old or weigh at least 3 pounds in order to be spayed or neutered.
The Humane Society is also in desperate need of donations of dry kitten food and non-clumping cat litter.
"We're completely out," Porter said.
The Humane Society of Erie County receives no government funding and runs completely on donations. The annual operating cost for the shelter is $225,000.
Porter purchased litter for the cats with her own money just to make it through the Memorial Day weekend. Porter is passionate about caring for each animal at the shelter and finding homes for them.
The adoption fee for any animal in the shelter is $60 and that comes with a $35 certificate the adopter can redeem at any area vet office.
The Humane Society of Erie County
1911 Superior St., Sandusky
1-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
1-4 p.m. Saturday