Kitten season fills Tehama County Animal Care Center – Red Bluff Daily News
Every spring, during kitten season, a deplorable volume of newborn litters joins all the other cats already in shelters and shelters. This means that everyone has an overabundance of cute and cuddly kittens, on top of the already exorbitant amounts of older cats, and all ages in between.
To give a viable example, as of this writing, at the Tehama County Animal Care Center (TCACC), both in-house and with foster families, are 102 felines. To put things into perspective, the shelter only has 20 cat kennels to house these homeless creatures. Unfortunately, this year, for some reason, the numbers are overwhelming everyone. The result for our shelter is that it becomes extremely difficult to place animals with rescue organizations, straining its already limited space and resources.
June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month and Pet Social Month. With kitten season fast approaching and more cats in need than ever, now is the perfect opportunity for us to work together to help our community shelter get through this difficult time.
For 47 years, the American Humane Association has promoted Adopt-A-Cat Month to highlight this overwhelming problem. To help you, they will share tips and content on their website (https://www.americanhumane.org/initiative/adopt-a-cat-month/) and on social media platforms (#AdoptACatMonth) throughout June, including cat adoption checklists, tips for pet owners dealing with unruly cat behavior and videos humorous. If you’re interested in adopting, they’ve also put together a handy “Top 10” checklist (https://bit.ly/3PJBBNp).
In May 2009, Adopt-a-Pet.com launched the “Social Pet-Working” campaign to encourage social website users to put their online hours to good use by advertising adoptable pets on their social networks for help them get into forever homes. . Using the power of networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs and email, anyone, including those not currently able to adopt, can help animals homeless with just a few mouse clicks. It is very easy to participate and costs nothing except a few minutes of time.
Pet work has become an effective tool for pet adoption. All a person has to do is visit the Adopt-A-Pet site (https://www.adoptapet.com/shelter83860-pets.html). After choosing the animal(s) you wish to help, all you have to do is click on the button of the representative network, on the animal’s profile page, to “share” its photo and its information on the Pinterest page, the Facebook profile or appropriate Twitter feed. A person can also email the adoptable pet information to friends to encourage them to get involved. What a wonderfully simple, easy and free way to help homeless animals in a community!
What if you can’t or don’t want to adopt? You can always help these animals in need, and nothing is too small for anyone. Create adoption flyers that you can display at work, around the neighborhood, or at local businesses. Update your cover photo or social media status, letting everyone know it’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month and where they can find these amazing felines.
The goal is to give the shelter some breathing room from the constant onslaught, so tweet, retweet, and re-tweet messages about adopting a cat, then provide a link. Add a Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet widget or banner to your website or blog if you have one. Share cat care articles on your sites to help potential adopters. Last, but not least, discuss and emphasize the importance of neutering pets.
Want to help our local shelter offset some of the costs of caring for so many people? You can place a jar with a picture of one of the shelter cats on your desk at work and ask for sponsorship donations. Sponsoring a spaying or neutering procedure will help reduce the cost of adopting the animal and, again, increase their chances of adoption into a warm, caring home.
If you have the time and energy, take the action a step further and organize a fundraiser, bake sale or other fundraising event. Anything elevated can be for a specific use, such as medical care. If you would like to make a cash donation, checks can be mailed directly to: Tehama County Animal Services, PO Box 38, Red Bluff, CA 96080, or you can contact the shelter at (530) 527-3439 to donate at phone him.
If you would like to bring in special extras for the kittens, which the county budget does not cover, ideas can be found on the SPOT – Stray Pets of Tehama sites on Amazon (https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/16RYT47NMMDS1/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl) and Chewy (https://www.chewy.com/g/spot-stray-pets-of-tehama_b92431577).
It is a myth that cats are solitary creatures. Those of us who live with them know that they enjoy the company of humans and other cats. Therefore, if you have a household with only one cat, adopt another. If you don’t have one, consider getting two.
When adopting, seriously consider one of the mother cats, as they often stay long after their babies have found homes. At TCACC, adoption fees include sterilization, microchipping, and any vaccines given during shelter care. Also, most kittens have been at TCACC for a while, so the fee may be partially sponsored. If so, the fee is $35 to adopt.
Whatever you choose to do, your actions, no matter how minor, can and will make a difference. You become an angel for the kitties and you help the Center during an overwhelming and exhausting time.
Ronnie Casey has volunteered at the Tehama County Animal Care Center since moving in 2011. A retired registered nurse, she strives to help animals in need in Tehama County. She can be reached at [email protected].