Maryville's animal shelter has once again reached capacity with 40 cats and has run out of space for any additional residents in the cat room, the city said in a press release.

The city is asking for help from the community to find every cat a family.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 12, and running through the end of the month, the shelter will reduce its normal $45 adoption fee to $20 for any of the cats currently living at the shelter.

The $20 fee for each adoption includes a spay/neuter voucher if needed and a rabies vaccination.

“We need the community’s help to provide homes for our cats. We are at capacity and in the coming months we know there will be a need for space,” Animal Control Supervisor Eddie King said.

The shelter is open to the public from 1-6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Volunteers from the Maryville/Alcoa Animal Rescue Center and animal control staff will be available to assist with meet and greets.

The shelter is at 426 Home Ave. in Maryville.

For more information, residents can call the shelter at 865-681-2241.

MAARC is an organization that partners with the city of Maryville Animal Shelter to assist shelter animals upon arrival and to help them find homes. Those interested in finding out more about the organization or volunteering can call MAARC at 865-599-7304 or email the organization at info@maarc-adopt.org.

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