Time to end kit­ten sea­son

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Front Page - Jesse cnock­aert

The Ottawa Hu­mane So­ci­ety (OHS) is hop­ing to put an end to kit­ten sea­son, and time will tell if their mo­bile spay/neuter mo­bile will put an ap­pre­cia­ble dent in the num­ber of home­less and un­de­sired cats.

Kit­ten sea­son, as it is known, is the time of year when the num­ber of cat preg­nan­cies, and there­fore the num­ber of cats in need of proper homes and care, reaches its peak. The time of kit­ten sea­son can vary, but usu­ally be­gins in late spring or early sum­mer.

OHS ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Bruce Roney noted in a blog post that, last year, the OHS took in an av­er­age of 33 an­i­mals a day in July, about dou­ble the num­ber they would get on a typ­i­cal day in Jan­uary.

Last fall, the OHS took to the streets in a new mo­bile spay/neuter clinic that pro­vides fe­line spay/neuter surg­eries for low-in­come pet own­ers in tar­geted Ottawa neigh­bour­hoods where need is at its greatest.

But even with the help of the mo­bile clinic, the OHS has cared for a to­tal of 519 kit­tens so far this year, ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­lease, and more ex­pected on the way.

Any­one in­ter­ested in do­na­tions or pro­vid­ing foster ser­vice may check out OHS on­line at ot­tawahu­mane.ca.

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