Kitten season calls for more adoptions

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, July 30 2017 Jul 30, 2017 Sunday, July 30, 2017 3:27:00 PM CDT July 30, 2017 in Continuous News
By: M. Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter
These are two of the several kittens waiting to be adopted. This time of year, cats make up the majority of animals in need of a home.

COLUMBIA – People entered the Holiday Inn Expo Center and left with furry friends on Sunday.

The Central Missouri Humane Society held the Summer Lovin’ Pet Adoption event on July 30 from 1-5 p.m. Kittens, adult cats and dogs of various breeds were on display for people to adopt. However, the main goal of the event was to get the kittens adopted.

“We have a ton of kittens and cats that are in foster care,” Michelle Casey, the Associate Director for the Central Humane Society, said. “The spring and summer we have a major influx of kittens coming in because the cats are really starting to breed out in the community.” 

Casey said this is what the shelter refers to as “Kitten Season.”

“It is our goal today to get a lot of animals into their new homes and open up some space in our foster homes and at the shelter,” Casey said.

Christy Hawkins is one of the foster moms for kittens at the animal shelter. Hawkins fostered a kitten named Tiffany for about a month and a half before her adoption today.

“She came to me and she was a little sick, so we got her all fixed up and healthy and gained weight,” Hawkins said. “Now she’s adoptable, and she has actually been adopted.”

Hawkins said she originally got into fostering animals because she had always wanted to help the shelter. She was too busy to volunteer her time, so she took up fostering instead.

“The whole point of fostering is getting these animals used to being in a family environment, so that when they do get adopted they transition easily,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins believes the foster system for animals is a really good program. There are currently several shelter animals that are in foster homes.

“We’ve got a lot of bottle babies right now that were raised in foster care,” Casey said. “There are amazing foster parents and volunteers that have come to help us with this event, so we’re hoping for a lot of success and hope a lot of people come out and find a new forever friend.”

The Central Missouri Humane Society will be continuing their special for the rest of the week. Kittens can be adopted for $10.

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