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New local law helps stray cats get adopted faster

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Stray cats in Erie County might get new homes faster under a local law adopted Thursday by the Erie County Legislature.

Basically, a cat looking for a new home can be adopted after as few as three days in an animal shelter. It's currently five.

The law takes advantage of the speed of social media and those computer chips put into pets to speed up the process to get the cat out of the shelter and into a home faster. This is allowed now by state law.

Legislature Chairman Peter Savage came onto the floor to speak for his bill.

"We've learned through number of testimonies we've heard in committee hearings and in public hearings is that adopting animals is the best thing that any shelter can do," Savage said. "Following that hold period, they can't vaccinate them, they can't spay them, they can't did them some of the other resources that they need, and this will allow for them to be adopted on a much more efficient basis."

Shelters have been overflowing with stray cats. Getting them into new homes spayed and with their shots should help both shelters and the new homes.