The animal shelter responsible for regional cat management in the state’s North is at capacity, with more than 300 cats currently in its care.
More than 200 cats have been surrendered to Just Cats since January 3, when it officially took over services previously carried out by RSPCA Tasmania.
Just Cats founder Rachel Beech said until some of the cats were adopted, the shelter would be unable to take in any more surrenders.
“We knew we would have a large intake to begin with, but we have been shocked,” she said.
“We had 89 cats when we took over from the RSPCA and now we have 300.
“There is a waiting list, but we need people to know that until the cats are adopted we won’t be able to take any more.”
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A not for profit group, Just Cats offers adoptions from its Longford shelter, while operating a satellite facility for surrenders from the Mowbray site, previously occupied by the RSPCA.
On Saturday it will also be offering adoptions from Petstock at Invermay from 10am to 2pm, as part of National Pet Adoption Day.
Ms Beech said she understood it would take some time for the community to recognise the role Just Cats aimed to fulfill.
“We have been surprised at how many people have come into Mowbray, not knowing the RSPCA isn’t there anymore,” she said.
“As an organisation, we are only five years young.
“We know a lot of people don’t know who we are or what we do yet, but we want to assure people we are committed to this. We just need to get the message out there.”
For more information on all cats available for adoption, visit justcats.org.au.