We adopted our SPCA diva in the Spring and the selection was outrageously large. Wall to wall cages stuffed full of kittens of every size, shape & color. It was a joyous time for our family when a skittish, muted grey tabby stole our heart, but it was also a very sad situation to witness.
Kittens and puppies overwhelm animal shelters and rescues in the late Spring, with thousands being processed through adoption systems from now until Autumn. Most dogs and cats have had their litters and the offspring is now old enough to find homes, at which point they’re often brought to an animal shelter. Pregnant dogs and cats brought to animal shelters earlier in the Spring are also adding to the fuzzy congestion. Then there’s abandoned pets, feral cats, puppy mill raids… the numbers are staggering.
Yet every year, animal shelters and rescues work their tails off trying to humanely house, feed and entertain the onslaught of baby pets. We see countless shelters begging for help, especially no-kill shelters. This is when they need our help most.
How you can help
Cash donations are welcome, but there are other ways to assist animal shelters in this time of great need.
Volunteering is possible for virtually everyone and it’s a way to contribute without out-of-pocket expense. If there’s one thing animal shelters need during puppy and kitten season, it’s more hands.
Crafting beds, blankets, toys and other items for animal shelters results in donations that are useful and welcomed. Check out our list of free patterns.
Found feral felines and their kittens may be tamed and re-homed by yourself. If that isn’t possible, try to find an organization in your area that specifically helps feral cats. They specialize in ways to manage feral cat populations and are often better equipped to handle the problem.
Throw a pet party! Invite friends and their pets over for a potluck barbecue, encouraging them to bring puppy and kitten items or other donations. Homemade pet treats cut into fun pet shapes make great fundraisers too.
Items in high demand by shelters during kitten & puppy season include:
- Quality canned food and puppy/kitten food
- Kitten & puppy milk replacement
- Heating Pads
- Chew toys & cat toys that are easily sterilized
- House training pads and litter
Create awareness with blog posts and through social media sharing. Follow animal charities’ social media pages, like the animal rescues listed in our Animal Rescues on Pinterest post.
Adopt! Now is a great time to adopt your new best friend (after careful research and consideration). Many pet shelters are offering reduced adoption rates during kitten and puppy season. It’s also much less expensive to have an adopted pet spayed or neutered with the coupon provided by many shelters. Search for adoptable animals in your area right here on All Natural Pet Care! If you need some guidance with your selection, there’s a dog adoption eBook available to help you evaluate health, temperament and trainability, along with details like assessing size, best breeds for children, etc: Super Dogs & Puppies eBook.
Have your pet spayed or neutered! Offspring are your responsibility, and a single dog or cat can produce many of them over their lifetime. Choose to be a part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
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