HUNTSVILLE – Animal shelter populations double or triple from April to September. There are several reasons for this increase.
Kitten season: Cats typically reproduce during times of warm weather. Extremely prolific, felines can have up to eight babies in each litter, and in a long hot summer they can have three litters.
Pets left unattended: Spring is the start of many vacations. Whether cottaging, or left at home in the care of friends or pet sitters, many dogs and cats with unsupervised outdoor access will become stressed by the change in routine and wander away.
Outdoor activity: During spring and summer, people spend a lot of time outside hiking, working in the garden, or even just relaxing on their deck. While outside, they often find and catch stray dogs and cats.
Owners moving: Summer is a time for people to make changes, like going off to college. Unfortunately, many parents do not commit to caring for their kids’ pets when that time comes, and they surrender them to an animal shelter.
If you are a pet owner, be diligent to ensure your pet is always well-secured using leashes, lines, fences, et cetera. If you lose your pet, contact your local animal control bylaw office and local shelters and rescues as quickly as possible. Start searching for your pet immediately and do not just wait and see whether they come home.
In an effort to reduce their shelter population in preparation for the peak seasons of spring and summer, the Animal Shelter for Huntsville is offering 50 per cent off all adoption rates during the month of April.
Cats will be $37.50 and dogs $87.50, including all the usual treatments, boosters, spaying, neutering, Pet Valu discounts and more.
The shelter has about 90 cats and 10 dogs available for adoption and accepts adoption applications seven days a week from 12 to 4 p.m.
Visit the shelter at 19 Bickley Country Dr., Huntsville, or call 705-789-9709.
– Submitted by the
Animal Shelter for Huntsville