Animal Shelter Report 
Darling fall kittens are here

Mona is one of the kittens hoping for a family.

Sometimes it’s not well known that kitties have two main seasons in which they have their babies. The largest number of kittens is born in the spring and early summer, with a second group coming in the fall. The fall group is generally smaller in number, but still significant.

Some cat experts say that the fall group can be larger in times when the weather has been particularly nice, just as we have had in our area with the especially nice summer and autumn we have been experiencing.

So, enter the fall group of kittens to the shelter! These kittens have mostly been out in foster care, where they are cared for by dedicated foster parents, until they are old enough to come to the shelter. Some of these babies have had the good fortune to enter foster care with their dedicated kitty moms, while others are without their mamas and must be reared by human parents. This takes lot of dedication- the younger kits must be bottle fed every two hours around the clock.

The foster kittens generally come to the shelter when they are 8-10 weeks old. Just at the peak of cuteness! Sweet, playful, and adorable.

We have a nice variety of kittens coming in from foster care from cute little tigers to ginger tabbies and Siamese mixes to well-dressed tuxedos. All vetted with leukemia testing, spayed or neutered, wormed, vaccinated, and flea treated. All for generally less than half the cost of the price of kittens in shelters in the big cities!

All of us know that people give away kittens for free sometimes. But are they truly “free”? When caring people receive these “free” kittens they do so without all the necessary vetting needed to have a healthy kitten. And this can add up to hundreds of dollars when done in the private sector. There is no such thing as a “free” kitten just as there is no such thing as a “free lunch”...

Every year we see potential adopters coming into the shelter around the holidays hoping to adopt a kitten only to go away disappointed. By this time the “fall crop” of kittens is well on their way to being adult cats, and few, if any kittens are available.

So, if you and your family are hoping to adopt a darling kitten, now is the time to come and see the shelter babies. We will continue to get new foster kittens in as they get old enough for just a few more weeks. Now’s the time to get “smitten with a kitten”!

It will probably come as no surprise to our loyal followers that once we mention that we are getting an influx of kittens to the shelter that we need donations of Kitten Chow! We would be very grateful to receive Kitten Chow donations to help the little guys continue to thrive and grow up healthy. Thanks for all you do to support your no-kill shelter!

SPCHS Shelter at 330 Second St. NE, Long Beach, WA 98631 (P.O. Box 101) 642-1180. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website: Be sure to follow us on Facebook, too!

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