At the Root of Homeless Cats Are Unwanted Litters: Event Will Reduce ‘Kitten Season’ Crisis for Area Shelters
“Animal shelters are already turning away homeless animals, as there is no room for them, so now is the time to ‘spend to save’ by halting the annual spring flood of homeless kittens,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “A simple ‘snip’ is a stitch in time, and PETA is calling on cat guardians everywhere to do the right thing for cats now and save thousands of kittens from being born with nowhere to go.”
In 2014 alone, Virginia shelters accepted nearly 94,000 unwanted cats and kittens. Every year, animal shelters are forced to euthanize millions of homeless cats and other animals for lack of decent homes, and kitten season is prime breeding time—and the best time to ensure that fewer animals contribute to the companion–animal overpopulation crisis. In addition, sterilized animals live longer and happier lives, are less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system, and, in the case of neutered males, are less likely to roam or fight.
PETA offers low-cost spay/neuter services year-round. PETA’s fleet of mobile clinics has spayed and neutered more than 113,000 dogs and cats since 2001.