Kitten season Hits Second Chance
Purrs. My name is Lauren, named after a local ranch owner who I am hoping might decide to adopt me soon (yes Ralph – I would be purrfect for you!). I’m a beautiful black cat that’s just shy of two years old and sadly, I have spent most of my entire life waiting to be adopted (and not just by Ralph). And, sigh…it is kitten season again here at Second Chance Humane Society. Let me explain the rippling impact of this.
I really don’t like kitten season. Those tiny little fur balls come into the shelter and I know any chance I have of being noticed is completely diminished. I am a product of kitten season and I am a victim of kitten season. I am not complaining - just speaking my truth – and I am ready for a home.
I entered the shelter several kitten seasons ago. But if you don’t get adopted as a kitten, as the cute ones with cool markings and colors always do, then the waiting game begins. I have watched more kittens come in and out of this shelter than any cat should have to watch. I try not to let it get me down. I keep thinking – if people could only see what is on the inside of me they would whisk me away with them just like they do the kittens.
But back to the topic of kitten season…every spring shelters around the country are flooded with new litters of kittens. Not all get adopted and when they do that means another juvenile or adult cat does not. This is why spay and neuter programs, like the low cost clinics Second Chance offers, are so vital to helping control the pet population. However, for cats like me waiting too long in shelters for new homes, decreasing our length of stay has fortunately become a top priority at Second Chance.
The first weeks and months of a kitten’s life are critical in shaping their entire outlook and approach toward the world, including their behavior with other cats and people. For this reason Second Chance now moves all kitten litters out of the shelter and into foster homes where they can get additional attention within a more home-like environment. The socialization they receive on a daily basis in foster care provides for well-rounded development resulting in happier and more adoptable kittens.
The kitten foster program has been a great addition to Second Chance’s animal care enrichment focus. I have already noticed healthier and happier kittens returning from foster care ready to be adopted. The kittens are ready to transition right into Second Chance’s communal rooms, allowing them to retain their cage free existence and become adopted more quickly.
I am happy to see kittens spending less time in the shelter, and I’m still hopeful that my family will arrive soon. So Ralph, or any loving family, although I am still young I am a mature sophisticated young. As such I will settle in to your home quickly and provide more mass to snuggle with. I just need my second chance…
Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.