It’s Officially Kitten Season!

Hey I’m John Hamlin and we’re here at the
Wake County Animal Center where kitten season is already underway! I’m here with foster coordinator Joanne Duda,
and she’s here to tell us all about kitten season. “Well, as he said it is underway. What that means is that the nights are warming
up and that the momma cats are out having a good time, and it’s time to start making
babies. And then they start rolling in because people
find them. The funny thing is a lot of the rescue folks
also nickname this “kitten-napping” season because people find the kittens out because
mom has gone off to get something to eat and they’re like “Oh my God KITTENS,” and so they
bring them in to us because they think they’ve been abandoned, but they actually haven’t.” Okay. “So yes we usually get inundated with a lot
of kittens, mostly without their mothers, so we rely very heavily on our foster network
and our rescue network to help us.” And so who is this little guy? “This is young Ian. Ian was born on March 10th, so he’s 17 days
old. His eyes just opened a couple days ago and
his ears are starting to open up too if you look at them close enough you can see that
they’re still kinda folded. Pretty classic baby. He just ate and he’s lying to you saying that
he’s hungry cause he JUST ate. But he is what we call a bottle-feeder. He cannot survive without somebody feeding
him. He cannot eat on his own.” OK, and so without their moms around, I understand
this is a pretty busy time of year at the center and y’all really rely upon volunteers
to take care of all these kittens that are coming in. “We do. The main issue that we have here is weight
gain. Because we do need to get them to two pounds
so that they are surgery weight, and a lot of our kittens come in underweight. Usually on average they’re six weeks old,
because that’s when they start making noise and wandering around, and that’s when people
start to see them. Between four and six weeks. And so we need to get them healthy, keep them
healthy, and get them to surgery weight so that they can be made available for adoption.” OK, so I’m sure plenty of people at home have
already seen little Ian here and have already fallen in love and want to get involved and
help. So what should people expect and where do
they go to find out more? “Well, if you visit our website it’s
there’s a little tab at the top and it says “How to Help.” Under that tab there’s a little thing for
fostering, if you click on that it will take you to a page that we have that has fostering
frequently asked questions. It also has a link to our online application,
which if you fill that out you’ll get a kickback saying we’re processing it and then I will
follow that up with an email with orientation dates.” Well thank you Joanne that’s great information! I really appreciate it. If you’d like to find out more about how you
can help during this year’s kitten season, go to to learn more!

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