Animal Writes
25 April 2001 Issue
It's Kitten Season - Remember Your Local Animal Shelter!

from [email protected] 

Now is about the time my phone starts ringing off the hook with people who have litters of kittens that they, of course, do not want. This goes on all year long, but as soon as the weather turns warmer, the calls increase.

Besides educating people on the importance of spay/neuter, please remember your local animal shelter especially during this time. Not only will they be dealing with people bringing in litters of kittens, but they will have to cope with the jerks who dump litters of kittens on the doorstep.

Below is a Wish List that you can use as an example of things that your local shelter may need. You might want to call your shelter first to make sure you are bringing them needed supplies. Also, check what types of food and litter the shelter uses before buying.

Example Wish List:

*cat & dog food
*kitten & puppy milk replacer
*cat litter & litter boxes
*kitty litter scoopers
*safe cat and dog toys
*cat and dog treats such as Chewsticks for dogs, Pounce for cats
*blankets and towels
*flea shampoo
*grooming supplies for cats & dogs (professional groomers - please consider donating your services!)
*clipper blades
*cat scratching posts
*carrying crates
*collars and leashes
*paper towels
*toilet paper
*trash bags
*dish and laundry soap
*laundry baskets
*cleaning supplies
*office supplies - note paper, copy machine paper, fax machine paper, index cards, etc.
*Find out if your shelter houses animals other than cats and dogs. Do they need food or supplies for different animals such as rabbits, birds, etc?

Please do your part to help ease the burden on shelters and rescue workers. Spay/Neuter your companion animals and if you are going to add a new critter to your family, always adopt! Do not support the breeding industry which contributes to companion animal overpopulation. There are all ready plenty of companion animals here - in shelters, in rescues, and on the street - who desperately need homes.

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