Kitten Season is in Full Swing, and That’s Bad News for Shelters

Petco reveals stunning results about the Kitten Season burden on local animal shelters and its initiative to encourage pet adoption.

It is that time of year again! When the heat of the hot summer sun acts as catalyst for bringing female cats into heat and more kittens into the world. Kitten season, as they call it, sounds like the purr-fect time of year for many, but for thousands of shelters across the country, this highly unknown overpopulation of kittens brings a tremendous strain on resources. National retailer Petco is working to help reduce the negative effects of kitten season by spreading awareness to save kittens lives and cut down on resources.

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Executive director of the Petco Foundation, Susanne Kogut, says that the solution to saving lives is the local community taking on the role to help the kittens by opting to adopt them or simply fostering. Just last month, the ‘Be a Lifesaver’ campaign raised more than $2.3 million in its efforts to put love into action. Paired with the collaborative efforts of the community, the Petco Foundation hopes to make immediate, lifesaving impacts on the animals encountered. With more than 3.2 million cats entering shelters each year, the time is now to find each kitten their forever home.

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Petco recently conducted a survey that revealed more than half of pet parents are unaware that Kitten Season exists. In addition to their findings, the survey found that an entire 67% of respondents were unaware about the expenses shelters face in return for caring for the influx of kittens in the summer months. While more than 74% of respondents have the desire to adopt a cat as a companion for their own cat or dog, a low 5% of survey respondents are registered foster parents.

Petco hopes to increase fostering and adoption of kittens during the cat mating season and offers ‘Be a Foster’ events at stores country-wide to help spread details about fostering and demonstrations on how to care for new kittens.

Cynthia Haldeman
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