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It’s abundantly clear that “kitten season has arrived!”

Yes, it’s true. Those of us in the animal welfare field know this is an actual season — that time of year when free-roaming, unaltered cats come out to play after hiding during the colder months. The gestation period for cats is only 63 days, which means as few as three unspayed females can easily become 12 in two short months. An average litter is four kittens, though after her first litter, five and six are not uncommon. And these babies can start having their own babies when they are only six months old! In Savannah, where the winters are short and relatively mild, a female cat can easily have four litters per year.

You do the math: that’s a lot of kittens. Inevitably, these kittens make their way into our shelter, hoping that we will have the resources to provide them a brighter future.

In an industry where we are trying desperately to end the tragedy of pet over-population and the sad necessity of euthanasia, because there simply aren’t enough homes, we need your help!

June is “National Adopt A Shelter Cat” month. In the midst of this feline frenzy, HSGS is offering discounted adoption fees and other special promotions throughout the month. Sure, you can easily get a free kitten from the newspaper, but here at the Humane Society, for a small adoption fee ($10-$50), you can take home a healthy kitten that is already spayed, vaccinated, dewormed and micro-chipped. All you will need to do is reciprocate the love that this little furball will give you.

Even if you can’t adopt, there are many ways you can help. Encourage others to adopt from a shelter, offer to pay for your neighbor’s cat to be spayed, and write your councilman, commissioner and/or state representative to ensure public support for trap-neuter-release programs — the only approach that has proven to reduce community cat populations.

If you have questions about the facts of trap-neuter-release, visit www.humanesocietysav.org.

Guinn Friedman is director of operations for the Humane Society for Greater Savannah.

Source: Savannah Now

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