As summer begins and families nationwide prepare for road trips and summer camp, animal shelters are experiencing a hectic time of year known as kitten season. While the “kitten season” moniker might bring adorable images to mind, this time of year can be devastating for shelters. Between March and November, animal shelters experience a flood of homeless cats and newborn kittens in need of care.
Kitten season is in full swing, and there are plenty of ways your family can help out! Here are just a few suggestions to you get started:
Foster a feline. Due to the influx of kittens arriving at shelters during kitten season, shelters often struggle with overcrowding. You can help alleviate this problem by providing foster care for a cat (or multiple kittens!) in your home until they’re ready for adoption. If you live in New York City and would like to foster for the ASPCA, please visit our foster care page.
While ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are running on a continuous loop on every TV network, there’s a special day coming up next week that hasn’t received as much press attention. Launched in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a nationwide push to kick off the holiday season with a day of giving back to causes that matter. Giving Tuesday will take place on December 3. The ASPCA is an official Giving Tuesday partner, and we are excited to be a part of this special movement.
Here are three ways for you and your family to prepare for this important day:
Talk to your family about Giving Tuesday. This is a perfect opportunity to chat with your family about the importance of supporting those in need not only on Giving Tuesday, but also throughout the hectic holidays.
Spread the word. You can share the news about Giving Tuesday by using the official #GivingTuesday hash tag on your social networks. If you choose to donate to the ASPCA, let us know on Twitter bytweeting @ASPCA, and encourage your family members and friends to do the same!
If your child has tried to volunteer at a shelter, you might have been told he or she is too young. But there is much more your kids can do for shelter pets. Check out some of the cool stuff kids have done at shelters across the country.
1. Go Viral These Hawaiian kids created a promotional video and a mega-catchy song for the Lana’I Animal Rescue Center.
2. Fill ‘Er Up Take a tip from kids in the capital. They helped the Washington Humane Society prepare Busy Buckets—buckets filled with stuff like toys and treats that help, you guessed it, keep shelter dogs busy and happy.
3. Toy Story Check out these awesome cat toys kids made out of extra collar material at Sacramento County Animal Care. Your local shelter might have some extra stuff lying around that would make a great cat toy—all you have to do is ask…and get crafty.
4. PB & J? Make That PB & K... We’re betting Girl Scout Troop 40892 had as much fun stuffing Kong toys with peanut butter as the dogs at McKamey Animal Center had unstuffing them!
5. Join a Program Just for Kids It’s true, some shelters have awesome programs made especially for kids. At the Bay Area Humane Society in Wisconsin, kids even get to help teach shelter pets new tricks.