SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s the start of what’s called puppy and kitten season in shelters.
And humane societies are being over run with the newborns.
So what can you do to help in six weeks or less? The little scrunched up faces in the video to the left remind us, it’s puppy and kitten season!
That’s why humane societies need foster families.
“The only way we can survive puppy and kitten season here at the humane society is the importance of having fosters,” said Miranda Hay, board director at Humane Society of Sullivan County.
The Humane Society of Sullivan County doesn’t want newborns until they reach a certain age.
“They’re usually born to mothers who aren’t current on their vaccinations so they don’t even have that basic immunity from the mom. And we can’t start vaccinating them until they’re around five to six weeks old,” said Hay.
Without foster home volunteers, those newly-born ball of fur could die.
“Those first six weeks of life, having them here in the shelter really exposes them to multiple diseases. They can get upper respiratory infections. They can pick up parvo virus, distemper, all kinds of things these adult animals might be bringing into the shelter,” said Hay.
This humane society usually doesn’t have a problem with overcrowding.
“We participate in the PetSmart charities rescue wagon program. Over forty percent of our population of dogs and puppies go to Minnesota. So that allows us to not have to euthanize for space or time. That allows us to keep our population under control… the in-store adoption we utilize at the Terre Haute store,” said Hay.
But this time of year can cause a strain on any shelter.
“When puppy and kitten season hits, it gets out of control!” laughed Hay.
That’s why shelters put such an emphasis on spaying and neutering your animals.
But until then…..
“If you have the space in your home, and if you have the space in your heart, to take in an extra animal and get us through this puppy and kitten season, you can really help us save a lot of lives,” said Hay.
Also, check out the photo gallery – you don’t want to miss those faces!