'Kitten season’ putting pressure on animal shelters

New Brunswick ani­mal shel­ters pre­pare for kit­ten sea­son’, the months from May to Octo­ber where warmer weath­er pro­motes the birth of unwant­ed kit­tens. One female cat can pro­duce up to 24 kit­tens in a year, and left unchecked, up to 5,000 cats from her off­spring over sev­en years. But the num­bers of unwant­ed kit­tens have increased this year, leav­ing some shel­ters overwhelmed. 

The large influx of new kit­tens comes with an increased demand for space, food, and vet­eri­nar­i­an care at shelters.

The only way we can effec­tive­ly slow the over­pop­u­la­tion of cats and kit­tens is for pet own­ers, mem­bers of the pub­lic, vet­eri­nar­i­ans, shel­ters, res­cues, and oth­er stake­hold­ers to work togeth­er to come up with ideas, strate­gies, and actu­al plans that can be put into place quick­ly such as low cost and no cost spay/​neuter, adop­tion events and edu­ca­tion,” said Tra­cy Mar­co­tul­lio, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Oro­moc­to and Area SPCA shel­ter. Strug­gling alone is not effec­tive. Com­ing togeth­er tru­ly saves lives.” 

Local shel­ters are pro­mot­ing cam­paigns urg­ing respon­si­ble pet own­er­ship, stress­ing that pets need to be spayed and neutered to avoid unwant­ed off­spring. Along with elim­i­nat­ing unplanned preg­nan­cies, spay­ing and neu­ter­ing also helps with pet dis­ease prevention. 

The Pre­vent Anoth­er Lit­ter (PAL) pro­gram oper­at­ed by some New Brunswick shel­ters aims to end the kit­ten sea­son’ cycle. 

The pro­gram encour­ages pet own­ers to bring in their cat or a dog that has acci­dent­ly found them­selves with a lit­ter of kit­tens or pup­pies. The lit­ter is adopt­ed” by the shel­ter to find lov­ing homes while the moth­er is spayed for free. Check out your local shelter’s web­site or social media to see if they par­tic­i­pate in the PAL program.

Eager to help? Vol­un­teer­ing at your com­mu­ni­ty shel­ter or res­cue team is an excel­lent way to sup­port these ded­i­cate ani­mal lovers in such a sit­u­a­tion. To know more infor­ma­tion about the shel­ter in your area, please vis­it https://​nbsp​ca​.ca/​f​i​n​d​-​y​o​u​r​-​l​o​c​a​l​-​s​h​elter

About New Brunswick SPCA

Found­ed in 1881, New Brunswick SPCA (NBSC­PA) is the only province-wide orga­ni­za­tion man­dat­ed to enforce ani­mal pro­tec­tion laws. A ded­i­cat­ed team of 15 Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Offi­cers is vest­ed with the author­i­ty under the SPCA Act of New Brunswick to inves­ti­gate and, if nec­es­sary, lay charges, seize ani­mals, or rec­om­mend court orders to per­sons sus­pect­ed of abuse and cru­el­ty to animals. 

The NBSP­CA is a reg­is­tered char­i­ty that exists to pro­vide province-wide lead­er­ship in the humane treat­ment of ani­mals. We enforce rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion, ensure shel­ter for neglect­ed or abused domes­ti­cat­ed ani­mals and agri­cul­tur­al ani­mals, and pro­vide pub­lic edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy to empow­er New Brunswick­ers to help ani­mals live long and healthy lives. 

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