Hey friends, guess what? This is my least favorite time of year. Why, you ask? Well, there a few reasons. I’m an outdoorsy kind of person, but January tends to be all snow and ice and everything is gray. Ice and I do not mix well, I am not a very graceful person! The biggest reason I hate January and February is because it always marks the start of kitten season. It is still very much the middle of winter, and already we have cats coming into heat, some even already pregnant.
Sure, you might think kittens are adorable. But when you have 40 of them to take care of and more being added to the waiting list every day, the fluff loses its appeal, trust me. I hate having kittens in the shelter. The main reason is because large numbers of kittens plus stress equals illness. Having a room full of sick kittens means extra work for our caregivers, extra money spent on medications, and extra time that kittens have to stay in the shelter. Research shows that the longer a kitten has to wait to be adopted, the less their chances of being adopted.
What can you do to help? There are so many things people can do to help animal shelters deal with kitten season. Number one of course is to “beat the heat” and get your kitten spayed between five and six months of age, before they ever come in to heat and before their first litter. If you have a friendly stray that you have been feeding and sheltering all winter, now is the perfect time to bring them to our low cost clinic to get spayed/neutered.
Another great way to help is to foster kittens. We try very hard not to have kittens under seven weeks old in our shelter. Seven weeks is the minimum age for vaccinating, so we prefer not to have kittens that are too young to be vaccinated against contagious diseases. Sometimes things happen, and we need to bring younger kittens in due to emergencies. By applying to foster, you could help us keep these tiny guys out of the shelter and away from potential illness. Foster parents are also great for promoting adoption. Taking great photos and sharing them on your social media may help find the perfect home for your little fosters.
If you find you are unable to foster, donations are always appreciated! We often find ourselves with orphaned kittens that need to be bottle raised. Kitten milk replacer for a litter of five kittens can cost over thirty dollars a week. During the peak of kitten season we go through bags of kitten chow like crazy. You can buy kitten chow at your local grocery store or have it shipped to us directly through sites like Amazon or Chew.com. Monetary donations are also needed, as each kitten we get in receives a significant amount of veterinary care including leukemia testing, vaccinating, deworming and spaying/neutering.
It has been said that “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” Please, help where you can. Adopt, Foster, Volunteer, Donate, Advocate.
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