Kittens and puppies, oh my! Part I

It’s kitten season. Every spring, just as flowers bloom, strawberries ripen, and air conditioners kick on, something else happens–the arrival of thousands of unplanned litters of kittens.

It starts way before that, of course. When last spring’s kittens were born. The ones not trapped, neutered (and spayed) and released, along with the ones intentionally allowed to breed, begin getting pregnant at four months old. Maybe you know one of these cats–the sweet tabby that eats from a bowl in your neighbor’s yard, the family member with the perpetually pregnant outside cat, the cats you see in parking lots EVERYWHERE.

They beg for meals, take up residence in abandoned structures, or get dumped at the shelter by the thousands.

And then there are the puppies. Bred throughout the year, by people looking to make extra money, and the “oops” litters that happen all around us. When those puppies don’t sell, or they grow from cute puppies into unmanageable large dogs, they too find themselves at the shelter.

So what do we do? How do we help all of these homeless animals? What can we do once they get into the shelter system?

Over the next few weeks, we will look at ways to prevent unwanted litters, how to help feral cats in our community, ways to enrich the lives of cats and dogs in our shelters, how to promote adoptions, and perhaps most important, how to remain hopeful when dealing with an issue as heartbreaking as pet homelessness.

I hope you’ll read along and join in the discussion at the bottom of each of our blog posts as we explore this timely topic!

Little Ripley was trapped at a large feral cat colony in Denton last January. He was very social, so was neutered and placed into a foster home and was eventually adopted.