What is kitten season? And why does it matter?
From early spring through fall, shelters with already tight resources feel tremendous strain as their intake of kittens doubles. Petco is working to reduce these effects and help save the lives of kittens nationwide by spreading awareness this kitten season.
"The solution to saving lives is the local community taking an active role to help these precious kittens by fostering or adopting; that is the reason we're committed to spreading awareness and helping these shelters save lives," said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation.
"Through programs like our 'Be a Lifesaver' campaign - which raised more than $2.3 million last month - and supporting people who tirelessly put their love into action by helping animals, we're confident that our collaborative efforts are making an immediate, lifesaving impact on animals."
More than half of the pet parents surveyed by Petco were unaware that kitten season even exists. Petco's survey also found that 67% of respondents were surprised to learn about the intense burden and expense shelters face caring for these kittens in the summer months.
Looking to help, here's what you need to know:
- Now's the Time to Adopt: More than 3.2 million cats enter shelters each year. Petco's July survey found that almost 74% of respondents desire to adopt a cat as a companion for their dog or cat, and 77% would consider adopting more than one kitten at a time.
- Become a Pet Foster Parent: Only 5% of survey respondents are registered foster parents with an animal welfare group. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to learn more about becoming a foster parent for animals in need.
- Volunteer at a Local Shelter: More kittens means the need for more help. Shelters are always looking for volunteers. Ask your local shelter what you can do to help.
- Donate Kitten Supplies: Feeding bottles, powdered kitten milk replacer, canned kitten food, kitchen scales that measure in ounces, microwavable heating pads and discs, and kitty litter can be donated to your local shelter. Be sure to contact your local shelter first to find out what's needed most.
For more ways to make kitten season better for shelters and cats alike, visit Petco.com/kitten.
How will you help out this kitten season? Let us know in the comments below!
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