The kitten season is at animal shelters all around the nation and the employees of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter make it one name at a time.
The kitten season is from February to September, when shelters are sometimes filled with pregnant, just lately calved cats and kittens.
Kevin King, director of the Unicoi Animal Shelter, mentioned the shelter at the moment holds about 150 cats in custody and might see as much as 450 cats and kittens a 12 months. And there are increasingly more neighborhood calls.
“Our inhabitants is not even that huge,” King mentioned. “Washington County, Carter County, Greene County – they’ve extra.”
Coping with the inflow of cats is time consuming, however King says probably the most tough a part of the kitten season is the emotional burden it takes on itself and its employees.
“Nobody works in a shelter as a result of they hate animals,” King mentioned. “All of us love animals and provides our greatest, however they’ll ship you messages all evening and you’ll attempt to save one another who died in your arms that day.”
UCAS, like many different shelters within the area, operates with a funds that doesn’t cowl most of its prices. Along with a part of the payroll, the shelter raises funds to cowl meals, bedding, veterinarians and different crucial bills.
King mentioned the kitten season can typically deplete the shelter’s accessible funds and provides, and typically that’s nonetheless not sufficient.
“Somebody will deliver you a single kitten who’s 5 weeks outdated and has an higher respiratory tract (an infection), and you’ll take it to the vet and spend cash, cash and cash, and typically they will not get by,” King mentioned. “It merely got here to our discover then. And we’re asking shelters, staff and even members of the neighborhood to tackle this burden once we are all underfunded.
King mentioned probably the greatest methods to assist shelters like UCAS throughout kitten season is to volunteer as a kitten. The foster household takes the cat, kitten or a number of kittens to their house and takes care of them, whereas the shelter gives all the mandatory assets and covers all the prices of the vet.
Donations and cash are additionally useful for the shelter. Kitten meals and bedding are a precedence for shelter through the kitten season.
“The neighborhood is concerned on this shelter,” King mentioned. “We’re caught collectively.”
For extra data on elevating or donating a cat, name the shelter at (423) 743-3071.