Most animal shelters are stretched to their limit taking in thousands of adult animals annually. Each year, usually starting in June, shelters & rescue groups are inundated with homeless kittens. Sadly, with such numbers, too many will be euthanized. It’s a terrible situation.
With kittens coming in off the streets, the risk of illness in the shelter increases. Most feral litters aren’t healthy. It’s common for kittens to have conjunctivitis & upper respiratory infections, especially ferals. Although both illnesses are easily treatable with a course of wide-spectrum antibiotics, infected kittens are usually euthanized. Shelters simply don’t have the budget or resources to treat all those sick kittens.
During “kitten season” the chances that an adult cat in a shelter will find a home typically drops—they get overlooked by potential adopters when cute kittens are in abundance.
What to do? There are ways you can actively help.
First, spay or neuter your cat. It really is that simple.
Donate to your local shelter. Buy them food or litter or make a cash donation. You could also volunteer & donate your time.
If there are feral colonies near you, find out if there is a Trap Neuter Release program (where feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered then released back into their colony). Maybe you could help out by doing vet runs. You can also become a feral colony caretaker, providing food & shelter.
Consider fostering a mother with kittens. This will ease some of the overcrowding at the local shelter. But be careful, kittens are easy to fall in love with.
Finally, adopt, don’t shop. When you adopt from a shelter you enrich 3 lives, yours, the animal you adopted & the one you just made space for.
Please remember to spay or neuter your pet.
CEO Olivia ❤