"None of these cats did anything to deserve ending up in a shelter and not having a good home," said Simon Woodrup with the Animal Protection Society of Durham.
And because so many don't have a home, the felines are overwhelming the staff and its limited resources.
"This unfortunately is as bad as we tend to see it," Woodrup said.
The Durham County Animal Shelter is only equipped with about 60 cages, but this week alone it received more than 80 cats within a few days. Thursday's total peaked at 122 cats.
"Whenever we get this many it's difficult for staff," Woodrup said.
He says it os difficult because one-by-one, they'll have to decide which one of the animals will live and which one will be euthanized.
Woodrup says, "first thing we'll do is look for ones with behavioral issues or health issues and then unfortunately.." perfectly healthy and well-socialized cats are put to sleep.
The shelter is hoping a special event this weekend will convince pet lovers to adopt. The shelter is even slashing its adoption fee to just $25.
"If you were to get a free cat off the internet or Craigslist or something like that and then take the cat to get spayed or neutered, examined, vaccinated it would cost hundreds of dollars," Woodrup said.
The cat adoption event kicks off Saturday morning at the Animal Protection Society of Durham.