In light of steadily rising springtime temperatures, SICSA Pet Adoption Center reports that 2014 “kitten season” is in full-swing, and requests the community’s support in remediating the crisis of pet overpopulation, particularly amongst kittens. In response to the imminent increase in the numbers of kittens born stray or feral, the Center will work to increase both kitten intakes and kitten adoptions so that fewer kittens and young cats suffer from malnourishment, injury, or homelessness.
“Kitten season” is a colloquial term referring to a combination of three seasons, spanning mid- to latespring, the duration of summer, and early fall. During kitten season, the number of kittens born to stray or feral mother cats increases exponentially. As a result, during kitten season, animal organizations—including shelters, rescues, and adoption centers—experience an influx of kittens and young cats requiring support, medical care, socialization, and other services prior to placement with adoptive families.
“Spaying and neutering is the most critical step in preventing pet overpopulation. All too often, however, this is a missed step. As a nonprofit Pet Adoption Center, SICSA then relies heavily on the support of our community to respond effectively and compassionately to the impact of kitten season. We are fortunate to enjoy the support of countless individuals and families who are passionate about the well-being of these vulnerable animals, and who furnish donations, foster homes, and support for SICSA’s kittens” emphasizes Nora Vondrell, SICSA’s Executive Director.
SICSA utilizes a waiting list system to ensure efficiency in rehoming as many kittens as possible during kitten season’s peak. SICSA relies heavily upon foster families who care for litters of kittens (including very young kittens requiring bottle-feeding) until the kittens can be housed at SICSA’s 2600 Wilmington Pike Adoption Center to await adoption.
In anticipation of 2014 kitten season, SICSA has increased the capacity of its Spay/Neuter center, and offers competitive pricing and financial assistance to individuals seeking to spay or neuter stray or feral cats before these animals yield unwanted litters of kittens. Within its Adoption Center, SICSA also has shone a spotlight on adoptable kittens by co-housing them in its Kitten Clubhouse adoption room, which allows potential adopters to interact with adoptable kittens—and to enjoy their antics—up close.
For more information about SICSA—or to volunteer, donate, or foster to assist SICSA in responding to this year’s kitten season—visit www.sicsa.org, or call SICSA’s main office number at (937) 294-6505.
Founded in 1974, SICSA began as an alternative to the traditional animal welfare system with a mission of improving the lives of stray animals and promoting adoption. The organization runs an Animal Adoption Center in Kettering at 2600 Wilmington Pike, which is open seven days a week to those interested in bringing home a companion animal. For more information about SICSA, please log onto
their website at www.sicsa.org or call the Adoption Center at (937) 294-6505.