Spring is Kitten Season

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I have a serious topic. It’s spring & that means kitten season. 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. Most animal shelters are already stretched to their limit at the best of times.

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 feral kittens to have conjunctivitis & upper respiratory infections. Although both illnesses are easily treatable with antibiotics, infected kittens are usually euthanized. Shelters simply don’t have the budget or resources.

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 can be done? There are many ways you can help. First, spay or neuter your cat. It really is that simple.

Consider a donation to a local shelter. They are always in need. You could buy food or litter or simply make a cash donation. You could also volunteer & donate your time. Kittens need to be handled so they aren’t fearful of humans.

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 very 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.

CEO Olivia

Kitten Season

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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

 

 

Trap ~ Neuter ~ Return (TNR)

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All major cities in the U.S. & Canada have feral cat colonies. But also smaller communities, basically anywhere people have settled in numbers, there is most likely a feral cat colony. These cats live hard & often short lives. They succumb to untreated wounds, disease or starvation. Yet, sadly their numbers grow exponentially due to unchecked breeding.

Something can be done.

A TNR (Trap – Neuter – Release, or Trap – Neuter -Return) program is the best way to reduce the population of these feral colonies. The concept is very simple – break the reproduction cycle. Cats are humanely trapped, often evaluated to ensure they are healthy enough to live a free-roaming lifestyle, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, ear tipped to identify them as being altered & released back to their colony. Often kittens are placed with rescue organizations for adoption into homes.

So what can you do? Find or start a TNR program in your area. Many Humane Societies & shelters offer training in TNR. Some feral colonies have “caretakers”, these are volunteers that feed and monitor the colony. Some have even built shelters for the cats to endure harsh winters.

But the best thing you can do is if you own a cat (it owns you – be honest), have it spayed or neutered. In short, be responsible.

feralcatpyramid2CEO Olivia