5 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

Summer can be the most difficult time of year for animal shelters reeling from the effects of kitten and puppy season. The Austin Animal Center is counting on a special program to alleviate overcrowding. KVUE / Jade Mingus

AUSTIN -- The promise of free cats and kittens at the Kitty Palooza attracted a long line at the Austin Animal Center on Levander Loop on Saturday.

Inside the shelter, four legged friends wait for a family. A crowd rushed to find a perfect matching, adopting 30 kittens in the first half hour.

"Right now this is the busiest time for cats and kittens at the shelter," said Adoption Coordinator Marisa Ledesma.

About 140 cats and kittens currently need homes, many of the them lived with foster parents before the Kitty Palooza adoption event.

"It's awesome to know the cat we adopted had foster parents, who we were able to talk to her and get more information about the cat," said Nathan Fernandez.

This is the seventh year for the program, to encourage more families to take home kittens and cats at no charge to alleviate crowding at the no-kill shelter.

We definitely want these kittens to get into good homes. We are spaying them, neutering them, micro-chipping them, the whole shebang. And we are doing it for free for people this weekend so they can take the cat home," said Ledesma.

It's a $250 value that some say is too good to pass up as they think about making a lifelong commitment to a furry friend.

If you are interested in adopting a cat or a kitten the Austin Animal Center is open again Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

5 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://www.kvue.com/story/life/pets/2014/07/12/austin-animal-center-has-special-program-to-alleviate-overcrowding/12584847/