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‘Kitten season’ brings a deluge of felines to Lee County Animal Services

By Staff | Apr 22, 2015

Lee County Animal Services is already gearing up for a time of the year that stresses staffers and animal lovers alike – “kitten season.”

The annual deluge of adult cats and babies begins in May, crowding the shelter and, all too often, forcing the county to seek more adoptive or foster families for the animals in their care or put down more of them, including healthy dogs and cats that would make wonderful pets.

This year, Animal Services is hoping to get ahead of the inundation by collecting care items and seeking “fosters.”

To kick things off, the agency hosted a “kitten shower” Saturday in hope of collecting kitten formula, nursing bottles, baby blankets, cat beds and other items.

More items – many more?- are needed.

Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. any Monday through Saturday at the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers.

To help care for kittens until they are old enough for adoption, Animal Services is once again accepting applications for “foster volunteers.”

Applications will be available Saturday or you can find them online at www.LeeLostPets.com.

“The foster program was implemented to provide temporary homes for adoptable animals when the shelter is at maximum capacity, for underage pets not old enough for adoption or pets needing tender loving care, socialization and/or obedience training,” shelter officials said in a release announcing its “kitten season” initiative.

Finally, the agency also is promoting its Trap-Neuter-Return Program, which is designed “to prevent the unwanted litters of feral and free-roaming cats.”

“Through Animal Services’ Trap-Neuter-Return Program cats are trapped by their caretakers, spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies,” the release states.

It’s a free program that helps reduce feral and stray cat populations while also preventing “the needless deaths of thousands of cats each year.”

Animal Services urges us all to “Help ensure a safe and compassionate community for people and pets by being a part of the solution.

This can be accomplished through fostering shelter pets and by sterilizing pets and feral cats.”

We agree.

For more information about the foster program and list of items needed, visit LeeLostPets.com.

Information about the Trap-Neuter-Return program is available there as well or call 239-533-9234.

-Reporter editorial