At the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Jefferson County, cute, cuddly kittens are here today and gone tomorrow and then more arrive.
Unlike previous years, when the nonprofit organization had an influx of kittens only in the spring, the kitten count has been steady straight through summer, according to Executive Director Douglas J. Marlow.
Weve had such a summer you wouldnt believe with kittens, he said Tuesday. This year has been a continual line out the door of kittens being dropped off. The cat population has been busting.
The SPCAs largest kitten population this year was three weeks ago, when about 30 were at the 25056 Water St. shelter at the same time. Kittens also have been going into and out of the SPCA adoption center at Petco, 21851 Towne Center Drive. All animals, however, should be dropped off at the main shelter, not at Petco.
Mr. Marlow said the SPCA checks kittens health, vaccinates them and microchips them. That way, he said, if one ends up on the SPCAs doorstep as a stray, its information can be tracked down.
With an increase in kittens comes an increase in the cost of their care, Mr. Marlow said. So far, the agency has spent $2,000 more in feline immunodeficiency virus testing on kittens. He said the agency also has gone through more laundry detergent to wash blankets and towels.
People can help the agency by donating funds to help with the testing, or by donating laundry detergent or cat litter.
Because there have been so many kittens, their adoption fee is now discounted, from $130 down to $80.
While the SPCA has had success in placing many kittens that have come in, Mr. Marlow said, adoption of adult cats has been slow, particularly for black cats. He said many people are superstitious and dont want to adopt black cats. The shelter had five adult black cats as of Tuesday, and is offering a discounted rate from $80 to $50 through Saturday.
For kittens, weve had a steady flow at the shelter; for dogs it has been a different story, Mr. Marlow said. Now we have three, but typically we have 12 to 18. We can have upwards of three at Petco, but we have one there.
A small number of dogs isnt necessarily a bad thing, he said, because that means they have been adopting out fast when they come in. As of Tuesday afternoon, there was a black Labrador and a Chinese crested dog.
For more information, call the SPCA at 782-3260.