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The feisty five have arrived at an animal care center near you! These five need a bit of socialization, shots, and a spay or neuter and they will be ready to go to their new homes. You can meet all of our cats and kittens at the #CastaicAnimalCareCenter, 31044 N. Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic, CA 91384. It seems there is a bumper crop of kittens this year. Please spay and neuter your pets! #A5283088 #A5283091 #A5283095 #A5283096 #A5283097 Post by @rmfocht ? #kittenseason #kittensofinstagram #kittens #catloversclub #bestmeow #sweetcatclub #instacat_meows #pleasantcats #cat_features #catsofinstagram

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Every year in the summer, animal shelters experience an influx of cats and kittens known as “kitten season.” During this time, many litters of kittens end up homeless making their way to local animal shelters or living together outside in community colonies. Here are some ways you can help shelters and rescues during this time as valuable resources become unavailable.

  1. Foster a kitten. This is a very simple way to help your community. It frees up space in the shelters while providing a nurturing environment as they are waiting for a forever home.
  2. Participate in the TNVR program. Many cats who need help are on the street. Support the Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return program for feral colonies around your area. This program has been practiced for decades in the US showing that it is a great way to prevent overpopulation.
  3. Spay or neuter your pet.  Did you know that cats can get pregnant as early as five months old? Getting your cat fixed as early as possible is the best way of preventing overpopulation this season. In addition, it helps certain unwanted behavior like yowling or urinating in the house.
  4. Adopt a cat. If you have room for a feline companion in your home, consider adopting a cat during kitten season. Many cats are overlooked when there are many adorable kittens in the shelter. This means an adult cat’s chances of being adopted diminish during this time.
  5. Donate to your local shelter. This time of the year is very stressful for shelters and rescues because space and resources are limited.  If you have time, call your local shelter and ask about their wish list. Most of the time, they need toys, blankets, cat food, kitten food,treats, etc. They may also need funds to help with medical bills. 

Have you fostered or adopted? Share your tips and experiences during kitten season in the comments below.