City’s Animal Welfare braces for ‘kitten season’, looking for volunteers

City’s Animal Welfare braces for ‘kitten season’, looking for volunteers


RENEWAL AND REBIRTH — SPARKING A TIME OF YEAR REFERRED TO BY ANIMAL SHELTERS AS “KITTEN SEASON.” CATS ARE IN HEAT… WHICH CAUSES A MASSIVE INFLUX OF LARGE LITTERS POURING INTO ALBUQUERQUE SHELTERS. NEWS 13’S FERNANDA LOPEZ IS HERE TO EXPLAIN THE PROBLEMS WITH TAKING CARE OF ALL THESE KITTENS. JESSICA ANIMAL WELFARE SAYS LAST YEAR THEY DEALT WITH MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED TINY – STRAY KITTENS COMING INTO THEIR CARE. FOR MANY IT MEANT BOTTLE FEEDINGS EVERY COUPLE HOURS AND THEY SAY THEY CAN’T DO IT ALONE. IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR ANIMAL WELFARE. Paul Caster, Dir. Animal Welfare Dept. ;33 well cats that come in and all of the sudden it spikes into a mountain when it comes spring time ;41 ANIMAL WELFARE DIRECTOR PAUL CASTER SAYS THE RUSH OF KITTENS STREAMING INTO THEIR SHELTERS WHEN THE WEATHER GETS WARM HAS BECOME A BIG PROBLEM. Paul Caster, Dir. Animal Welfare Dept. 1;43 and that’s huge because if you talk about finding two pounds before we can spay or neuter them 1;52 THAT CAN TAKE MONTHS. AND IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEFORE KITTENS CAN BE ADOPTED. SO THE NEED FOR VOLUNTEER FOSTER FAMILIES IS HUGE. Bet Lotosky, animal Welfare Foster Program Manager 13;35 these little kittens come in they can’t even eat on folks that can take those little guys 13;41 Paul Caster, Dir. Animal Welfare Dept. 2;06 we’re forever looking for volunteers 2;07 ANIMAL WELFARE SAYS A BIG PROBLEM IS PEOPLE FIND AND BRING IN KITTENS, THEY THINK HAVE BEEN ABANDONED. THEY SAY CHANCES ARE, MOM IS JUST OUT LOOKING FOR FOOD AND WILL BE BACK. Paul Caster, Dir. Animal Welfare Dept. 1;29 but if you pick them up then we have to feed them 1;31 THEY SAY KEEP AN BRACING FOR THIS YEAR’S KITTEN FLOOD. Bet Lotosky, animal Welfare Foster Program Manager 14;18 its a little tiny bit of a crisis every day 14;18 have a human baby it’s going to get fed every two hours when it comes home same thing with cats 1;06 only there’s six or seven of them every two hours 1;08 IT’S A STRESSFUL TIME THEY SAY HAS GOTTEN BETTER OVER THE YEARS BUT IS STILL A BIG CONCERN. ANIMAL WELFARE HOLDS CLASSES FOR NEW FOSTER FAMILIES LOOKING TO CARE FOR THEIR “BOTTLE BABIES”. THEY SAY IT DOES REQUIRE A BIG TIME COMMITMENT, BUT YOU CAN ALSO HELP BY VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME AT THE SHELTER OR DONATING BLANKETS, BOTTLES OR FORMULA FOR THE KITTENS. JESSICA, BACK TO YOU. OKAY FERNANDA. THE CITY’S ANIMAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY’RE TRYING TO GET THOSE KITTEN NUMBERS DOWN. TOMORROW THEY’RE HOLDING A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED FREE SPAY AND NEUTER EVENT. IT’S NATIONAL PUPPY

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