Spring, summer, and now fall is kitten season. People who fail to spay/neuter their cats and then dump them or just let them run around and breed can be thanked for the mass influx of cats into every shelter in the country. However, municipal shelters don't have the luxury of closing their doors when they are full. Multnomah County must keep their doors open for every "stray" that comes through their doors. Which means when they get full they must start making hard choices - and those choices often mean death for many wonderful cats alread at the shelter waiting for their new home.
The other regional shelters are just as full, which means there is no place to send cats to. The county shelter's foster homes are full also. Multnomah County recently put out a press release about the dire need for permanent and foster homes, but I guess unless you are Oregon Humane Society the local media does not see fit to print such "downer" news.
Please, if you have room in your home and your heart, please consider adopting or fostering one of these wonderful cats. I know many on here have a dim view of government, but please put your feelings aside for the animals that really need your help right now. I would very much like to have people post creative ideas and suggestions for helping out the animals (I'm a volunteer there), not bashing the shelter. I just want to save animals that are already on this earth.