It doesn’t always take a genius to find solutions to long-standing issues. Sometimes it just takes asking the right people.

That’s largely how a new initiative of the Bartholomew County Humane Society found unusual success in securing new homes for homeless cats.

Humane Society board members Trudy Smith and Wendy Elwood are the co-creators of the Kitty Education and Placement Project (KEAPP), approved in April.

Through KEAPP, the women arranged to transport more than 40 domesticated cats to the Indianapolis and Cleveland areas, where they were adopted in days.

Since the average stay of a cat at the Humane Society shelter in Columbus is a full year, the transports made an impressive but temporary dent in the animal shelter population, Elwood said.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.