Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kitten Season

Well crap, it's Kitten Season again.

Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters. Kitten season is really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.
Kitten Season typically brings a twofold problem: first, lots of kittens are available for adoption, and so adult-cat adoptions drop. Secondly, there are a lot of pregnant momcats, orphan kittens, kittens with their mom, etc., who start showing up and needing help.
If you find young kittens, it does not automatically mean they have been abandoned by their mother. Wait and observe from a distance for at least hour or two. Kittens have the best chance of survival with their mother. On the other hand, we do want to limit the number of cats out there procreating, so if we can grab kittens who do not need to nurse, we do so. We also want to get momcat spayed whenever possible. Please write to or post to our Facebook page should you find kittens, a pregnant cat, or want to get trained up for Kitten Season volunteering!
Please keep in mind that if you bring the cats inside you should keep them separate from your animals until evaluated by a veterinarian. 

Thanks to Sarah W., who donated some supplies after the death of her beloved Poppy. Sarah, we're sorry for your loss. Thanks to James M. for his continued monthly support, and to Juliet H. for her TNR and for covering the TNR! Thanks also to Trevor and Emily for their support of Iris and May's recent surgeries.

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