The Terre Haute Humane Society recently welcomed some very small residents with very big personalities: kittens!
It was a cold February night when a good samaritan opened her doors to a feline.
“It was one of those real cold nights and she had let a kitty in because it was so cold, she was just going to let her back out,” says Lindsey Wright.
The next morning…
“She woke up with mama and nine babies in her bathroom, so mom’s kind of an opportunist,” Wright laughs, “and then she called us.”
The Terre Haute Humane Society welcomed Lucky and her litter of kittens. After making sure everyone was fit and healthy, the shelter provided a safe place for Lucky to relax.
“So we just give her lots of love, lots of food and then she dos most of the rest of the job for about five weeks,” Wright explains.
At five weeks old, the kittens start eating solid food and that’s where the staff’s job comes in.
“Getting them into foster care, getting them ready to be adopted, teaching them social graces,” says Wright.
Before they’re ready to be adopted, the kittens must be eight weeks old, weigh at least two pounds and be spayed or neutered: a procedure that not only helps control the cat population, but is good for them in the long run.
“Their risk for uterine or testicular cancer is completely obliterated,” says Wright. “They’re known to live longer, healthier lives when they are spayed or neutered and they don’t have as many emotional or territorial problems.”
It’s especially important as we approach kitten season. Last year, from March to August, the shelter took in nearly 300 kittens. That’s not counting all their moms. That’s why donations are so important. The Terre Haute Humane Society is even planning a “kitten shower”.
“It’s kind of like a baby shower where we ask the community to come meet our kittens and bring us a little KMR, which is kitten milk replacement, or we could use some bottles,” explains Wright.
You can also see the supplies the Terre Haute Humane Society needs with a wish list online or at their office.
Another way to help during kitten season is by applying to foster a litter.