Too Many Kittens in Wayne, Pennsylvania

Too many kittensAfter being away from his house for a week, my friend – a dog person – came home to a surprise in his garage, kittens. They appeared to be a few weeks old and to be in good health.  Frightened that his dogs would go after them and knowing that he could not keep them, he began calling around to shelters. He was surprised to find out that it would cost him money to drop off these kittens at most local shelters. This got me thinking. Is the situation that bad at this time of year? Well, the answer is a resounding YES!

The Delaware County SPCA recently said that as the weather warms up, thousands of kittens are being born, and shelters all over our region are filling up fast with pets that don’t have homes, especially cats and kittens. After a little research, I found that there are some things we can do to help alleviate this problem.

Five ways you can help

1. Spay or neuter your cats

Did  you know that cats can become pregnant as young as five months of age. Fortunately, kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely altered. Many people ask their veterinarian to spay or neuter their pet. If you have trouble affording the fee, check this list of groups offering spay/neuter assistance. And while it’s always safest to keep your cat inside, it’s especially important to do so before the cat is spayed or neutered.

2. Help your local shelter during kitten season

Donate supplies, money or your time. Contact your local shelter to find out what’s needed most. You can also volunteer at your local shelter’s adoption events or promotions.

3. Care for homeless cats in your area

Work with your local animal control or feral cat group to help manage your neighborhood’s feral and stray cat populations.

4. Become a foster cat parent

Contact your local shelter or rescue group to learn more about becoming a foster parent for cats or kittens in need.

5. Adopt a cat

Open your home to new cat or adopt a playmate for your existing pet.

Braxton’s Events

Last Sunday, Braxton’s Animal Works hosted Finding Shelter, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue. Click here to see the fun had by all.

Adoption event at Braxtons

Braxton’s Finding Shelter adoption event

 

 

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