January 28, 2023

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SC animal shelters battle with unprecedented kitten surge

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Neighborhood animal rescues say they are confused with the number of kittens becoming found and surrendered this year. Kitten season spans from March through October and is when most kittens are born.

Michelle Altmeyer, operator of Avalo Cat Sanctuary, claims the difficulty extends across the full condition and is very likely due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because (people) weren’t working, they could not pay for to spay and neuter their animals, even far more so than they currently do not do that,” mentioned Altmeyer. “A ton of situations, people today really don’t even know that they really should be performing that or that they are in fact totally free expert services out there to get it carried out.”

Cat rescuers say spay and neuter schooling is essential, specially in rural locations where folks may well not know about very low-price or totally free community assets.

Altmeyer suggests numerous vets had to scale down their services during the pandemic, and thanks to the maximize in pet adoptions previous 12 months, many veterinary places of work are still overcome much more than a 12 months later on.

Owing to the maximize in pet adoptions and decrease in spay and neuter processes performed, Altmeyer says this kitten period is as opposed to everything she’s viewed the extra than 10 decades she has been rescuing cats.

“You know, each and every calendar year, we all say, ‘Oh my god, this is the worst kitten year at any time,’” she said. “But, I seriously feel this has been the worst 12 months. I assume I’m obtaining two or 3 mobile phone phone calls and e-mail every day, to the point just about wherever I really do not even want to reply my phone.”

Avalo Cat Sanctuary is so confused with new intakes that Altmeyer states she can not settle for any a lot more cats, and it is a issue she states all rescues and sanctuaries are dealing with.

“I have to say no,” reported Altmeyer. “I believe which is the largest detail I have to do, I indicate I think I’ve bought 16 kittens in the last month and a 50 % from newborns to 12-7 days-olds, and I wish I could get them all, but I can’t and it’s just heartbreaking, but we’re all in the very same boat.”

Lou Kinard, Trustee of Avalo cat Sanctuary, suggests the unprecedented rise in kittens observed this 12 months is just about as stunning as the selection of kittens remaining found wounded.

“So lots of are harm,” stated Kinard. “We’ve had some injuries kittens being found crossing the streets, of course hurt. Newborns staying abandoned, alongside with ill kittens.”

Rescuers say hurricane period is an additional time when extra kittens and stray animals are identified. Altmeyer urges South Carolinians to be aware of stray animals and look at to see if there is a mom close to. If there is not 1, she recommends contacting local no-eliminate shelters for guidance.

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