Anchorage Animal Care and Control is running out of room for cats.

Spokeswoman Laura Atwood said between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, there were 235 cats brought to the shelter. She called the figure high, but said it's an issue shelters across the country are facing.

"That is the biggest issue, is adult cats brought to the shelter," said Atwood. "They're not microchipped. They're not claimed by their families and they take longer to adopt than typically dogs and/or kittens."

Anchorage Animal Care and Control is an open-admission shelter, which Atwood said means they can't turn animals away. As a result, cats are being housed all over the shelter.

"We have cats who are available for adoption right now but we don't have room to bring them out to the adoption floor yet, so they are waiting in the back."

Atwood said the shelter euthanized 55 cats during the same time period for reasons such as exhibiting unsafe behaviors or significant health issues. She added that four of the animals might have been appropriate for adoption if the shelter had had the space to keep them isolated during treatment for a medical condition.

Atwood encouraged anyone considering a new cat as a companion to come down and take a look.

"With this many cats, the chances of you finding one who you connect with and you feel like this is the right match for my family, obviously those odds are greater," she said.

Atwood said the average cost to adopt a cat that has already been spayed or neutered is around $60, which includes up-to-date vaccinations and a microchip. The cost is higher for animals that have not been spayed or neutered, but in that case Animal Care and Control will perform the surgery at no additional cost.

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