The Herald News reports
, animal shelters are struggling all over America to accommodate animals. The summer months are the worst times for animal shelters, since more animals need re-homing. This means more employees, more work, increased bills and more stress.
During the summer, there are usually fewer staff members, volunteers and donations to cope with the extra demand. Unwanted kittens are the major problem each summer. Dr. Kate F. Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California at Davis Center for Companion Animal Health, said that,
"kittens make up problem Nos. 1 through 10 every summer".
Director Barbara Bruin of the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department, said that they get hundreds of kittens during the summer, but it often feels like millions. Bruin stated that,
“People are more likely to get a dog fixed than a cat, more likely to microchip a dog than a cat and more likely to claim a dog than a cat. Cats are the throwaways and we end up with way too many litters,”
A lot of kittens die because they are sent to the centre too young and need bottle feeding. Unfortunately, there are not enough hands to feed all of the kittens that need to be bottle fed.
A lot of kittens get diseases and die very young.
Many children beg their parents to get them a pet, but animal shelters are not seeing enough people who want to re-home a pet.
According to the WYMT.TV Mountain News
, The Floyd County Animal Shelter is also struggling to rehome pets.
Shauna Brown, Animal Shelter Manager, stated that
"Cats and kittens are being brought in every day, litters and litters of cats and kittens."
According to Brown there are cats everywhere. They have cats in the bathroom, porch and in every room. Not all the cats are strays and some people just bring the litters in that their cats have had. Most of the problem lies in the fact, that people do not have their cat fixed and then just dump the litter on the animal shelter. Brown said that,
"We're asking people to do some spaying to try to get some of this under control,"
In a cat's lifetime, they can have several hundred kittens. Some kittens are just a few weeks old and barely able to open their eyes.