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Kitten Season Is Everyone's Responsibility

May 31, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode

Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 6-8 million (HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year: 3-4 million
(HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year: 3-4 million
(HSUS estimate)


(Photo: Meet Carl, what a sweetie! He is available for adoption at the CPHS)

It’s “Kitten Season”. That means this is the big mating time of year for cats, especially unsprayed/neutered feral cats lacking responsible owners and continue to run the streets overpopulating the country with unwanted kittens.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a new feline furbaby to your family now might be a great time.

Central Pennsylvania Humane Society has recently announced a special program to help kittens find new, loving homes.

The shelter is temporarily suspending the adoption fee for kittens less than one year old. Adopters must still put down a $75 spay/neuter deposit and must make arrangements with a veterinarian for the procedure. Following confirmation of the spay/neuter, owners will have their deposit returned. The shelter will also provide the first series of vaccinations and rabies shots at no cost to the new pet owners.

“In the spring and summer months we are inundated with litters of kittens and the sad fact is; we just don’t have enough interest in all of them,” says Ingrid Healy, CPHS Director of Operations. “With this new program, we’re giving people an incentive to help give a kitten a good home for life and save some money at the same time.”

For more information about the program, contact the shelter at: 942-5402.

Shelter hours are: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Friday the shelter extends hours from 12:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The shelter is closed on Wednesdays.

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