The Elmore County Humane Shelter has been inundated with kittens this year and officials are urging residents to adopt them or make sure cats they own are spayed or neutered.
From Jan. 1 through June 9, the shelter took in 790 cats and 516 are under six months old.
To better illustrate the picture, these are intake numbers for cats and kittens (defined as under six months old):
Month Kittens Cats Total
January 75 53 128
February 25 32 57
March 31 46 77
April 83 53 136
May 228 74 302
Jun (1-9) 74 16 90
Total 516 274 790
According to coordinators, the overrun of kittens will likely continue through the end of July.
While the shelter kittens are spayed or neutered prior to leaving when adopted, far too many of the hundreds of kittens being given away in the community will not be spayed or neutered, so the cycle of kittens with nowhere to go will only continue.
If you get a free kitten, coordinators at the shelter stressed taking it to your veterinarian immediately to get checked out, start its vaccinations and schedule an appointment for the spaying or neutering process.
At the Elmore County Humane Shelter, kitten adoptions are $50, which ensures your kitten will have had basic immunizations and dewormings, will be spayed or neutered and microchipped.
The shelter has also taken in 447 puppies and 529 adult dogs for a total of 976, and setting a spaying or neutering appointment for a new puppy is vital. All the dogs and puppies at the shelter are spayed and neutered, vaccinated and microchipped for an adoption fee of $100.
The Elmore County Humane Shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.