Spring Fever Kitten Overload

In the last three months the Tallahassee Leon County Animal Shelter has seen about 30 kittens come in, but now staff are taking in 10 to 15 kittens a day.

In this Feature at Five, we find out how spring affects vets, pets and shelters and what you can do to help.

Every spring veterinarians and animal shelters prepare for a bumper crop. The reason is the animals tend to ovulate more often during spring, meaning those that are not spayed overflow the shelters as people are not willing to take care of them, but what has local veterinarians even more disturbed is when people just throw away kittens.

Dr. Sarah MacMillan, a local veterinarian, says, “In areas such as busy intersections they dump them on the side of the road or they take them in boxes to the recycling center.”

Already, employees at the shelter are caring for seven litters. Humane educator Jan Collier says they are in need of foster parents.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding to raise an infant animal and it helps them get adopted because you bond with them,” says Collier.

Veterinarians say the key is getting your animals spayed and neutered. For information on how to become a foster parent or get your pet spayed or neutered for free, call the shelter at 891-2950.