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At the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, kitten season typically arrives in early spring and lasts until early fall. However, it is the year 2020 so it’s not shocking that kitten season this year has been different. March arrived and it brought a pandemic, but not kittens. Weeks went by and we found ourselves in the wonderful, but puzzling situation of having more families looking to adopt cats and kittens than we had cats and kittens available.

Intake picked up some in the summer, but adoptions stayed on pace. We held our breath and just when the world started to get back to normal in the fall, the rush of kittens we had been expecting and dreading arrived. One day out of the blue, more than 20 kittens arrived and the flow hasn’t slowed since.

A full shelter is difficult for everyone; animals tend to stay longer as there is more competition; and adult cats are overlooked for kittens. It’s also very stressful for the staff who must figure out how juggle cages and fosters and medical care for 100s of cats and kittens.

But some owners, especially in these difficult times, can’t wait. Even when we cannot bring the animals into the shelter immediately, we work with families to find alternate options for safe placement, including contacting our rescues and shelter partners and utilizing our website and social media to promote them for adoption.

So please let me introduce some of our Community Outreach cats, they are not in the shelter, but still in urgent need of loving homes.

Squatter, a teenaged Tabby cat, earned his name after he found a nice house and decided that he was going to just live there. After a few days, the family decided to let him come in, because he’s quite persuasive! Unfortunately, their senior pet is not adjusting well to the new arrival so they need to find Squatter a new home to claim as his own. Squatter is an indoor/outdoor cat, but he’s playful and very affectionate. Since he’s been inside, he sleeps with the caregiver in bed at night. His favorite toy is a ball with a feather. He gets along well with the cat and dog in the home but they don’t do well with him. The kind family who found Squatter have had him neutered and vaccinated, so he’s ready for his new home.

Mia and Mya are 7-year-old sisters who are in need of a new home because their owner passed away. They are very sweet cats who have always lived indoors. They have lived with dogs and kids and are fine with both. They are mild-mannered, social girls. Mia is smaller and more reserved while Mya is more robust and active. They get along well but don’t appear to be extremely bonded and would likely be fine placed together or separately.

Missy May is a pretty, medium-hair, Calico Tabby, who needs a new home because her owner is having serious health problems.  She is about 7-years-old and spayed. Missy May would love a home where she can go inside and outside. She’s a skilled hunter who promises to work hard to keep you rodent free! She’s an independent girl who isn’t a lap cat, but is easy-going and sweet. She’s actually very popular even at the vet’s office! Despite not being a young kitten, she’s very active and has lots of energy.  When she’s inside, she’s reliable using her litterbox. Her vaccines are up to date and she’s already spayed.

If you have questions or are interested in giving a home to any of our outreach cats, email Outreach@SJRAS.org. This a reminder as to why adoption is so important, whether you choose to adopt an outreach pet or a shelter pet, you not only change the life of the animal you choose, but you make room for another homeless pet to have a chance to be adopted as well.

Shelter needs: Dry cat and kitten food without dyes, canned pate cat food, small fleece blankets for cat cages, cat toys, catnip, large dog toys, chewy dog treats, leashes and collars.

To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org

Source: South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter: Community Outreach program needs adopters

Posted in 2020, SJRAS Articles, Special Programs