NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Animal Care and Control says it has a “staggering number of cats” in its Manhattan shelter.

The organization issued a plea Monday for people to “open their hearts and homes” to one or more feline friends.

April through September is “kitten season.” That means shelters nationwide are inundated with cats.

“Particularly in our Manhattan care center, we are overflowing with hundreds of cats looking for a new home,” Adoption Manager Jessica Vaccaro told WCBS 880.

ACC says it’s taken in nearly 10,000 cats so far this year. That’s about 1,000 more than at this time last year.

It’s waiving adoption fees for all cats one year or older.

Adopters also can meet their potential matches at ACC’s Brooklyn and Staten Island locations, and through its mobile adoption events.

“Whether you want an orange cat or a kitten, a senior gray cat, a playful cat, a lap cat, we have adoption counselors … just waiting to sit down with potential adopters,” Vaccaro said.

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