Time to end kitten season
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.