“It’s hard, facing the reality of losing my home,” Layer said. “I am mostly worried about my cats. … Most cats that go into the shelter don’t come out alive. I have always fought to keep these cats out of the shelter system. I’m afraid I am losing that battle now.”
Layer lost her job in a service department for a local store in 2011. Earlier this year, her unemployment benefits ran out. According to Layer, she has a medical condition that prevents her from seeking new employment.
According to Tracy Animal Services Supervisor Ben Miller, about 75 percent of cats at the local animal shelter, including kittens and some only a day old, are euthanized. So are roughly 20 percent of dogs, including animals with poor health and temperament. He said overcrowding is a primary reason.
Tracy’s numbers rank lower than those of nearby Stockton, where more than 90 percent of cats are euthanized.
“Once your pet enters the shelter system, it is competing against all the others for a home,” Miller explained. “There can also be a stigma attached to owner-surrendered animals. When you first get notice that you’re losing your home, start planning your pets’ future as well as yours.”
Layer is hoping to find homes for her 18 cats, four of which are kittens, before the end of the year. She can be contacted at 346-3728.
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