Wed Apr 09, 2014 @ 04:00PM to Fri May 30, 2014 @ 06:00PM
Cache Humane Society Braces for Kittens
Reminds Citizens that Kittens Have a Better Chance of Survival with their Mother
March, 17, 2014 As spring approaches, animal shelters are bracing for the annual onslaught of tiny, homeless kittens. Too young to survive without their mother, they require 24-hour care until they can eat on their own. Without enough foster homes to provide care for these kittens, many shelters are forced to euthanize them - thousands of them. With shelters already overcrowded with cats, there are not enough resources to care for these kittens. Local shelters are pleading with the public for help.
First, don't be in a hurry to gather up a litter of young kittens that appear to have been abandoned by their mother. All too often, people bring a litter of kittens into the shelter thinking that the mother has abandoned them, when in fact the mother is simply out feeding herself or taking a break. Watch these kittens for an extended period of time for signs that the mother is still taking care of them before attempting to save them. Young kittens have a much higher chance of survival with their mother's care.
Second, consider becoming a foster parent. The Cache Humane Society took in over 1,000 cats and kittens last year. Nearly 50 were euthanized simply because they were too young. Director Roland Bringhurst explains, "Kittens under 4-weeks-old need around-the-clock bottle feeding. We don't have the staffing levels to do this, the only way to save these babies is to get them into foster care as soon as they arrive."
The story is similar throughout Utah and the nation. A California based shelter similar in size to the Cache Humane Society, serving four Alameda County cities, the Tri-City Animal Shelter is forced to euthanize approximately 200 kittens annually due to a lack of foster homes. Operations Director Jennifer Ray states, "We are a smaller facility and oftentimes it is assumed that we are not impacted as much. What people forget is that we serve a population of 400,000 people."
"We are fortunate at the Cache Humane Society to not have these high numbers. However, like most shelters, we are in need of more foster homes "says Sophia Miles, Foster Coordinator of the Cache Humane Society. "Fostering is a fantastic experience, and a great way for people to make a huge difference - the difference between life and death - for these kittens. Once the kittens are eight-weeks-old, they come back to the shelter and become available for adoption."
Third, please get your animals fixed. The number of unwanted animals in the valley continues to skyrocket. There is no reason to own an animal that is not spayed or neutered. "Fixing an animal is beneficial to the animal, owners and the community, says Aubrey Gum, Clinic Manager. We offer low-cost spays and neuters, and if you still cannot afford to get your animal fixed, the Cache Humane Society and its partners have the ability to help you out financially."
To become a foster family for these young kittens or other animals, contact us at email@example.com or visit our fostering page on our web site at http://www.cachehumane.org/help/fostering/.