Spring is almost upon us, finally. As much as we look forward to warmer temperatures and flowers popping through the thawing ground, there's another phenomenon that comes with spring that we regretfully face at animal shelters across the country. We call it Kitten Season.
Kitten Season refers to the time of year when we see a sharp increase in the number of kittens admitted to Safe Harbor. The population of kittens at the shelter typically starts growing in March and peaks mid-summer and slowly decreases by September.
Kittens are certainly very cute, but finding homes, providing food and medical care for hundreds of homeless kitties is challenging. At Safe Harbor we have the ability to care for rescue kittens from a young age and we're dedicated to saving the lives of these homeless animals, but during kitten season we rely heavily upon on volunteers who provide foster homes for these abandoned babies until they are ready to be adopted into their forever homes.
While we love playful, fluffy kittens, we also recognize that Kitten Season is a dangerous time for these infants. When cats breed in large numbers and they become our responsibility at the shelter a strain is placed upon our resources for food and medicine. Safe Harbor already cares for thousands of adult animals throughout the year. Finding homes and temporary foster care can be a struggle. The risk of illnesses increases with the increased number of admissions during Kitten Season.
What to do if you find a litter of homeless kittens?
If you do come across a kitten or a litter of mewing babies it is best to observe that them over five to six hours before determining if they have been abandoned by the mother. If you check every hour or two and the kittens are content and not fussing then they are most likely not abandoned. When you see the whole family with the mom you can then trap the whole group. Many people rescue kittens that are way too young to be separated from their mother not realizing they have just lessened the kitten’s chances of survival. While we all want to help, it’s best not to rush in and grab those kittens.
What can you do to help Safe Harbor during Kitten Season?
There are many things you can do to help us during kitten season. First thing is spaying and neutering your animals. Even indoor cats will find a way to sneak out and breed. While its safest to keep your cats inside, its especially important to make sure your animal is spayed or neutered incase they do get outside. You could also help by donating supplies, money or even some volunteer time. We are constantly in need of more supplies just to care for our animals daily. It is very costly caring for animals and every little big helps our organization. Offering a temporary foster home is also a big help. By offering a temporary home for animals you are helping us keep the young kittens out of the shelter were they are more susceptible to illness. Lastly if you’re thinking about getting another cat, consider adopting from Safe Harbor during kitten season. You will find kittens of all sizes, colors and breeds. Encourage your friends and neighbors to adopt from Safe Harbor Humane Society during Kitten season.
Monday: 1pm - 6pm
Tuesday: 1pm - 6pm
Thursday: 1pm - 7pm
Friday: 1pm - 6pm
Saturday: 12pm - 5pm
Safe Harbor Humane Society
7811 60th Ave Kenosha, WI