Clear the Shelters: Keith the cat overlooked by adopters at CNHS

Central Nebraska Humane Society staff are hoping to get one of their longest staying cats, Keith, adopted.
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 8:36 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - So far, 56 pets have been adopted in Local4 News’ participating shelters during NBC’s Clear the Shelters campaign. It’s part of a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need.

Central Nebraska Humane Society is taking part in the movement, and they’re making a push to have one of their longest staying felines adopted.

The average time for a cat to stay at the CNHS is around one month, but Keith has been there more than twice as long.

Keith is a 5-year-old black, shorthaired cat. He began his stay at the shelter toward the end of May, when he was surrendered by his owner, and he’s had a bit of a rough adjustment.

Partially due to stress, the fur ball has been placed in an isolated enclosure. Keith has also been experiencing fur loss, which is believed to be caused by allergies.

Miquelle Levander with CNHS told Local4 News, adult cats are many times overlooked by pet adopters.

“Most people choose to adopt kittens verses the older cats, which is great,” said Levander. “It just kind of puts our older cats on the back burner so, cats like Keith do sit behind a little bit longer, while the youngers are going out the door.”

Keith is looking for a home with a laid back environment, and one where he’ll have plenty of attention. He’s microchipped, neutered and is up-to-date on vaccinations.

Levander said that black cats, like Keith, unfortunately tend to have a longer stay at animal shelters.

“I’m not sure why,” she noted. “I don’t know if it is just the superstitious in people or because they just look bland you know, to each their own. But, yeah, tend to see to black cats really overlooked in a shelter setting.”

Keith’s adoption fee is $75. Anyone interested in giving Keith a new home is able to visit CNHS Monday-Friday during their adoption hours.

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