It’s the beginning of Kitten Season here at our local shelters. Kitten Season usually begins with the warmer weather and often lasts through the early fall. It’s when shelters and rescues are inundated with kittens due to so many cats who haven’t been spayed having litters.
During Kitten Season, the shelters and rescues need a lot of extra help to take care of so many new babies all at once. Here are some of the ways you can help:
1. Spay and Neuter: This is huge! Eliminating litters of unwanted kittens keeps them out of shelters in the first place.
2. Adopt a cat or kitten from your local shelter or rescue. If you’re looking to add a feline companion of any age to your family, the shelter is the best place to go. You can help save two lives, the one you adopt and the one who gets the space freed up by the one you adopted.
3. Short term foster during Kitten Season: We did this last year with two adorable little kittens named Chandler and Pansy. Sometimes no-kill shelters or rescues have to turn away animals simply because they don’t have enough room. Short term fostering helps to free up some space at the shelter until they’re able to accommodate more animals.
4. Donate: An inundation of kittens means the shelters and rescues are going through a lot more supplies than usual. Cash donations are always appreciated as they can use that for whatever their current needs are. Kitten food (wet and dry), cat litter, blankets, heating pads, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies are also very much needed during Kitten Season. Even just a few cans of cat food really helps.
Every little bit helps the shelters and rescues during Kitten Season. And it’s a great feeling to look at these sweet little faces and know that you’ve helped.
So what about you? Is it Kitten Season in your area?