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Kitten, Kitten We've Got The Kittens =^..^=
Kitten season is here and in full force. It sounds like a joyous time of newness, life, cute kittens bouncing all over exploring their world for the first time. For those in cat rescue during kitten season this is a time of despair, frustration, high finance and even death.
In Pinellas County we have an explosion of kittens right now. Nearly 89% of ABC's intake is kittens having kittens. Volunteers are working above and beyond to teach these babies how to be mommies, bottle feeding some, trying to save all of them while juggling jobs, families, and full time lives as best they can. Here are the facts: a female cat can come into heat at 5 months of age and have a heat cycle every 3 weeks. The average litter is about 4-6 kittens. Thus approximately 18 kittens per female cat per season. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? Well picture this…a 7 year old cat and her offspring can produce 400,000 cats. Now you can understand why we say it is here in full force.
Our Adoption & Rescue Team is working diligently on community outreach to educate the community on the importance of spay and neuter. We strive to assist and guide those who do not have funds or low funds on how to get their cats spayed or neutered. Education and community outreach is as much of a passion as helping the homeless and abandoned cats.
The numbers are outrageous and ABC only has so many volunteers to keep up with this kitten season. I am sure many of you have seen the volume this season in your own communities. Offering to foster through our organization will help combat the over-population problem and change two lives. The cat you are fostering AND making room for another cat within the foster network.
We currently have 114 cats and kittens needing help and averaging 12 new kittens per month and a wait list growing. We are dedicated to helping our community and do not want to turn anyone away in need. All cats’ lives are worth saving! In our county the percentage of euthanasia this year has increased. The statistics with kitten season will be much higher.
ABC relies completely on donations from our kind public to save these cats and kittens and pay for their veterinary care, food, litter, etc. The more money we raise in this kitten fundraising campaign, the more lives we can save and combat over-population! You can donate directly on our “How You Can Help” page and the totals raised will reflect on this page too. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made are tax-deductible.
No Monkey Business, I am Rudolph Valentino the Cat.
Once upon a time I was a wee sprite of a kitten (3 mos).
I got lost and wandered into a local monkey sanctuary where everything I knew wasn’t the same. I encountered these odd creatures called “monkeys.” They were so agile, quick and loud. They even acted at times like the humans I encountered on my journey. At first I thought this was great that they wanted to take care of me then everything changed. I wasn’t their baby any longer I was now their play toy. I was tossed around like a ragdoll in the air, tugged and pulled and became so scared and so hungry.
I was sure my young life was over but destiny was on my side. A Good Samaritan, who obviously was a cat lover, found me in this situation and rescued me. She was kind and took me for immediate vet care. I was beat up pretty badly, internally bruised, dehydrated and malnourished. After some great care I started to heal. The Good Samaritan could not keep me and called many rescue groups in the area.
No one wanted me.
Then she called All ‘Bout Cats, Inc. where she read about them that “all cats’ lives are worth saving.” Boy, oh boy, was it true. All ‘Bout Cats did not hesitate to make room in their rescue which is a network of foster homes. That’s right…I was not in a cage somewhere, I was sleeping in a human’s bed getting love, attention and the best vet care to get me back to being a healthy, happy kitten. I shared my foster home with other cats and even dogs and loved all of it. My foster family was worried that the trauma I experienced would make me never trust but I did. Their love, care and kindness made me trust again and they found the perfect forever family for me. My new family drove the distance to meet me and we all fell in love immediately. I now spend most of my day in Alana’s bed (one of my new family members) as I wait for her to get home from school so I can hear all about her day. My family was so overwhelmed with the love and care I received from All ‘Bout Cats that they all became volunteers to offer some of their time to giving back to a rescue that changed my life forever.