‘Kitten season’ leaving hundreds homeless
The Humane Society of South Mississippi is housing double its capacity of cats and kittens and is in immediate need of adoption homes and temporary foster homes for these 160 cats.
Within the last 30 days, HSSM has accepted 482 cats into the shelter, and more are expected to stream in the doors as “kitten season” comes into full swing. Kitten season usually begins in April and lasts through June.
HSSM recently has seen the boom in kitten intake as a result of long days and warm weather, which are the natural indicators to cats that it is the best time of the year to produce more kittens.
HSSM’s capacity for housing cats is 88. Adoptive homes are needed for 55 kittens and cats before the week’s end. Adoption fees are waived for adult cats and $40 for kittens under six months of age, and all adoptions include up-to-date vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, engraved ID tag, a free bag of food, a free vet visit within seven days of adoption, and 10 percent off in HSSM’s Bow Wow Meow Boutique.
For details on adoptions, call 863-3354, ext. 111.
Additional assistance is needed to care for 79 kittens too small to be adopted. HSSM is seeking foster homes to take in and care for these kittens for a few weeks until they are big enough for adoption. Foster families are provided with everything needed to care for these kittens, including kennels, starter bag of food and any medications they may require.
For details on fostering, call 863-3354, ext. 128.
In January, HSSM committed to ending the euthanasia of adoptable pets in Harrison County by 2015, an initiative called Countdown to Zero.