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Too many kittens a cause for concern for Humane Society


This news story was published on November 3, 2015.
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Jeani Luitjens of Mason City with a rescued kitten back in 2011

Jeani Luitjens of Mason City with a rescued kitten back in 2011

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa has seen a huge increase in the number of kittens that have come into the shelter in recent weeks, an abnormal occurrence this time of year.

“Normally, we see an increase in the kitten population in the spring, when unaltered females typically have their litters,” explained Sybil Soukup, Executive Director of the Humane Society of North Iowa. “However, this year, our kitten population at the shelter has maintained high numbers all summer and has substantially increased in recent weeks, leading us to believe that mating season has become prolonged.”

The Humane Society of North Iowa along with the Mason City Stray Animal Shelter (co-located and managed by the Humane Society of North Iowa), currently has a total of 127 cats available for adoption. Of that, 74 are kittens under the age of one year.

“We simply do not have room for all these kittens!” stated Soukup. “Many are being housed with their littermates, but will soon need to be separated as they continue to grow. We literally don’t have enough space to house this many cats.”

The Humane Society of North Iowa would like to encourage anyone thinking about adopting a feline friend, to consider adopting from the shelter.

Those who cannot adopt, but would like to help out the situation are encouraged to donate Kitten Chow, or other supplies, for the shelter kittens.

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