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Local animal shelters seeing overwhelming numbers of kittens

Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 8:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 8:38 PM CDT
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - If you’ve walked through any animal shelters recently, you’ve probably heard some woofs. But no doubt, you’re hearing more meows.

That’s because summer is a hyperactive breeding time for stray cats that haven’t been fixed. This is known as kitten season.

“We’re seeing a huge influx of cats. Of people calling about kittens that they’ve found, either abandoned or just found or that their cats have had,” Bay County Spokesperson Valerie Sale said.

Sale said they see an average of 25 kittens come into the animal shelter per day. In fall and winter, they see around ten per day.

A similar issue is also happening at the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter.

“the only thing that we’re getting lots in is kittens. Kittens and kittens and kittens,” Animal Control Supervisor Ramona Bibbs said.

Bibbs said kittens come to her shelter in waves. Friday alone, ten kittens were delivered.

“Our problem is not so much with a lack of adopters, but rather with the influx of kittens that are too young to be adopted out,” said Sale.

Too young to be adopted out is any kitten under two pounds. Kittens at two pounds can then be fixed.

“Ultimately, that’s what’s going to be the solution to the overpopulation of animals that this community experiences,” said Sale.

Sale said the county shelter is not at capacity for all animals, but is at capacity for kittens. While the shelter won’t turn any animals away, they’re hoping people can help the shelter from becoming overcrowded.

Both women say if you’re thinking about adopting, to just do it. A furry friend, looking for its furr-ever home.

With almost 60 cats and more than 40 dogs in house Friday alone, Sale still said Bay County sees steady adoption rates. Bibbs said the Lynn Haven Shelter has more than 30 cats and nine dogs in house as of Friday, and they’re also seeing steady adoption rates.

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