When you hear the words "kitten season," you may picture cute, fluffy kittens romping around without a care in the world. But for shelter workers, kitten season is the worst time of the year, and it happens twice, in the spring and in the fall. It is estimated that 20 million kittens will be born this spring alone, and the hard, cold fact is there are not enough homes to go around. Animal shelters and rescue groups are overwhelmed with the influx of kittens. The only solution is for the public to spay or neuter cats before they have kittens and to have feral cats that they feed trapped up and fixed. The Louisiana SPCA, Jefferson SPCA, Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, Capital Area Animal Welfare Society in Baton Rouge, Wild Cat Spay Nation in Lafayette and many other groups around the state have low-cost and even no-cost programs to help the public get their cats altered.
In addition, many groups have Trap Neuter Returnprograms to facilitate getting feral and free roaming cats trapped up and fixed. Humane cat traps are loaned out and often volunteer cat trappers can help trap and fix feral cats that people in the community are feeding. While it is wonderful to feed feral cats, if you are not fixing them, a pair of cats can turn into a dozen or more in a year. Do the math. You are not helping cats when you allow them to breed more cats, and this can cause neighborhood problems when the cat population explodes.
Please be a part of the solution and not the source of the problem by getting your cats — both personal pets and ferals — spayed or neutered.
volunteer cat trapper, Louisiana SPCA