Kitten Season Hits North Central Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If "memory" serves, North Central Florida is about to enter another "cat season."
Summer is a time of hot temperatures, ice cold lemonade... and a multitude of kittens.
And there's more than just nine lives at stake.
"I love how much and how great people are and how much they love animals," said Hilary Hynes, Public Education Program Coordinator for Alachua County Animal Services.
Alachua County Animal Services will soon be invaded… by kittens.
Every summer, the number of litters go up and shelters start getting ready early.
"When we're getting in preparation for our breeding, our heavier seasons, we want to get supplements for milk, because sometimes we'll have litters of newborn kittens where they haven't left mom alone," said Hynes.
This year, Animal Services is asking for some help from the community.
Blankets, towels, and milk supplements are some of the basic items these kittens need.
But Animal Services isn't the only agency getting kittens by the dozens.
The Alachua County Humane Society has been taking in litters since March.
"Pretty much every single day we've had at least one litter of orphan kittens come in," said Jenny Applebaum Porges, Adoption and Foster Coordinator for the Alachua County Humane Society.
Kittens like this one who were separated from their mother still need to be bottle fed. The Alachua County Humane Society is looking for volunteer fosters to do just that.
"Its been very busy in the fostering department!," said Applebaum Porges.
Kitten season continues until the end of summer.
If you're interested in donating to the Alachua County Animal Services, visit their website, or call (352) 264-6870.
To foster some kittens, visit the Alachua County Humane Society, or call (352) 373-5855.
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