Summertime in Rochester means backyard barbecues, camping trips and lazy days by the pool. Along with the transition to warm weather and longer days comes another time of year — kitten season.
Kitten season refers to the months in late spring through early fall when cats give birth to their litters, inundating already full pet shelters and rescues across the nation. Local to Rochester, Pet Adoption Network in Irondequoit is urging everyone to do their part to help with the homeless cat population and find homes for the influx of kittens living in foster care.
“We have a lot of wonderful kittens and adult cats ready for their forever homes,” said Kate Sullivan, president of Pet Adoption Network. “Our foster homes are full, and we’re hoping we can find loving families for all of our sweet cats. They are deserving of nurturing owners and happy lives. Each of our cats/kittens for adoption have been rescued from a kill shelter or off the city streets.”
PAN works with other rescues that comb areas with a large number of stray cats. They have reportedly spayed and neutered hundreds of cats since spring. Virtually all females were either pregnant or nursing kittens. This is a huge problem; most people aren’t aware of the problem. It’s so sad that all these animals have no one to care for them. Sullivan stresses that spaying and neutering — and responsible owners — would go a long way to solve this problem.
“There are a lot of opportunities to help your local shelters and rescues,” she said. “You can volunteer time, donate pet food and other items, contribute financially and, of course, adopt.”
Due to their small size, as well as cute and playful nature, kittens are typically the first to get adopted at local rescues and shelters. However, many rescues find that once the kittens have grown to adulthood, they can be abandoned or given up. As staggering as the numbers are for new litters, there is also a tremendous number of adult and senior cats that need permanent homes.
Pet Adoption Network was established in 2003, and has adopted out more than 2,000 homeless pets. The all-volunteer run nonprofit is located on Culver Road, and provides veterinary care and foster care for cats. Visit petadoptionnetwork.org for information.