Richmond SPCA Has too Many Kittens – Somebody Give Them Forever Homes! (WITH KITTEN PHOTOS)
There is a huge influx of kitten births during the summer months, and the Richmond SPCA is their savior. Robin Starr, the CEO of the Richmond SPCA, along with the hard-working people at the Richmond SPCA do their best to save these kittens lives and find them their forever homes.
“Cats are highly seasonal in their breeding, kitten litters are born during the warm months of the year, and that means that at this time of year we have an enormous number of kittens that we are taking in and caring for until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered and adopted,” said Starr.
The Richmond SPCA takes in and provides for over 1000 kittens over the course of each summer. Some kittens are brought in by animal loving citizens but many come from local city run organizations.
“A great number of the infant kittens we transfer into our care are from Richmond Animal Care and Control,” said Tabitha Hanes, Richmond SPCA’s Director of Advancement, on how they end up with so many kittens.
Some of the smallest kittens that they care for don’t have a mother and must be bottle-fed due to an inability to eat solid food. This tiny felines are usually put in foster care until they are ready for a more permanent and stable home.
During the month of August, the Richmond SPCA is having a special deal. For the low price of one loving cat or kitten, $99, you can take home two. “We think first of all that cats are happier when they are in pairs with a buddy. They can take two adult cats if they want, they can take a cat and a kitten if they want,” said Starr. If having two cats in your home seems chaotic and you just want the one pet, you can help out someone else who might want a cat. “If they only want one pet themselves, they can get a certificate from us and share that with another friend or family member who can come back and adopt the second pet,” said Starr.
There are all kinds of kittens available at the Richmond SPCA. They range from short hair to long hair, as well as from spunky to calm. Your new kitten is waiting to share your home and your heart.
By Virginia state law, a kitten is ready for adoption at 7 weeks old. By this time, they have been spayed or neutered, are up to date on all of their shots, and have been micro chipped so they can be easily located if they happen to have a wanderlust.
“Lots and lots of people love cats, and consequently love kittens,” said Starr. The number of cats as pets in the United States is rising, and there are now more cats in homes than there are dogs. Jump on the bandwagon and go adopt a couple of kittens today! “What we want is to get a lot of pets in good homes,” said Starr. She added, “We hope that every body will get their cat spayed and neutered and that will help us not have so many kittens to save the lives of in the summer time.”
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