A Saturday open house to highlight Adopt-a-Dog Month has taken on a new sense of urgency for the Fairfield Animal Shelter.

“The shelter is two times over its capacity for cats, and we would like to promote their adoption as well,” Animal Control Officer Paul Miller said this week. The shelter now is home to 30 cats, the majority taken from the Mill Plain Road home of a woman who recently passed away.

Miller said the Stratford Animal Shelter has taken four cats, and the Humane Society has taken another three. “We notified local animal groups, but we got no response except for the Humane Society.”

None of the animals will be euthanized, Miller said, “but we need to limit the load.” The shelter has capacity for 14 cats, he said, and 28 dogs.

“None of the cats are in danger of being euthanized, but the stress on the facility and the staff due to the number of cats makes it a high priority to place some of them quickly,” Miller said. The cats are not feral, and are socialized and most are very friendly, he said. It’s believed that most of the cats from the Mill Plain home are related, with the majority having black fur.

All of the cats have been de-wormed and treated for fleas, and anyone adopting a cat or dog during the Saturday event will get a $50 voucher for spaying or neutering.

More Information

Animal Shelter Open House

When: Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Fairfield Animal Shelter, 211 Richard White Way (formerly One Rod Highway)

What: 10 dogs, 30 cats available for adoption; $50 voucher for spaying/neutering with adoption. Microchipping for animals available.

For information, call 203-254-4857.

There are 10 dogs available for adoption as well.

Miller said the event was organized by state Rep. Brenda Kupchick, R-132, and Police Chief Gary MacNamara.

Local dog groomer Linda Howard will be on hand, trimming dog toe nails and giving grooming tips, and Animal Control Officer Vinnie Pennatto will explain the importance of pet microchipping, a method to track down and identify animals that may get lost. That process can be done at the shelter.