October 18, 2021

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SC animal shelters wrestle with unparalleled kitten surge

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Neighborhood animal rescues say they are overcome with the quantity of kittens being located and surrendered this calendar year. Kitten period spans from March as a result of October and is when most kittens are born.

Michelle Altmeyer, owner of Avalo Cat Sanctuary, states the dilemma extends across the overall condition and is likely thanks to results of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because (persons) weren’t working, they couldn’t find the money for to spay and neuter their pets, even additional so than they previously don’t do that,” claimed Altmeyer. “A great deal of periods, persons never even know that they should really be undertaking that or that they’re really cost-free solutions out there to get it done.”

Cat rescuers say spay and neuter education and learning is important, in particular in rural areas the place individuals may possibly not know about reduced-price or cost-free neighborhood resources.

Altmeyer says a lot of vets experienced to scale down their expert services in the course of the pandemic, and owing to the improve in pet adoptions final year, numerous veterinary offices are continue to confused a lot more than a year afterwards.

Owing to the enhance in pet adoptions and lessen in spay and neuter processes performed, Altmeyer claims this kitten period is contrary to nearly anything she’s noticed the far more than 10 decades she has been rescuing cats.

“You know, each individual 12 months, we all say, ‘Oh my god, this is the worst kitten season ever,’” she mentioned. “But, I actually assume this has been the worst 12 months. I believe I’m having two or three phone calls and email messages each individual working day, to the level virtually exactly where I really do not even want to answer my cellular phone.”

Avalo Cat Sanctuary is so overcome with new intakes that Altmeyer states she just cannot accept any extra cats, and it’s a difficulty she suggests all rescues and sanctuaries are working with.

“I have to say no,” explained Altmeyer. “I consider that is the biggest factor I have to do, I suggest I think I’ve obtained 16 kittens in the very last month and a half from newborns to 12-week-olds, and I wish I could acquire them all, but I can’t and it is just heartbreaking, but we’re all in the identical boat.”

Lou Kinard, Trustee of Avalo cat Sanctuary, suggests the unparalleled increase in kittens found this yr is practically as astonishing as the quantity of kittens getting found wounded.

“So a lot of are hurt,” explained Kinard. “We’ve had some accidents kittens remaining uncovered crossing the roads, clearly hurt. Newborns becoming abandoned, together with unwell kittens.”

Rescuers say hurricane period is a different time when a lot more kittens and stray animals are located. Altmeyer urges South Carolinians to be mindful of stray animals and look at to see if there is a mom close to. If there is not just one, she suggests contacting regional no-get rid of shelters for steerage.

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