April showers bring May flowers … but it also brings a flood of kittens to the local animal shelter.
“(The shelter population) grows in the summer because its kitten season. By this time of year, we’re inundated,” said Vicky Fletcher, chief animal services officer at Yolo County Sheriff’s Department Animal Services. “On top of that, the adult cat population doesn’t stop coming in either. We have 50 kittens in foster care and a shelter full of cats.”
Seventy-eight cats, 41 dogs, one bird, rabbit and turtle, to be exact. And counting. All the animals are adoptable at the Yolo County shelter in Woodland, 2640 E. Gibson Road.
“Dogs don’t seem to hold the same season as cats, but we’re also seeing an influx of puppies,” Fletcher said. “It seems to be happening at the same time. Placement rates for dogs are much higher than for cats.”
In an effort to counteract the overpopulation, the Yolo County Animal Shelter is offering cat adoption specials for pet owners to lessen the financial burden. Plus, all animals come vaccinated, micro chipped, dewormed, spayed or neutered.
Through July 7, the adoption fee for a cat or kitten is $90, down from $110. The cost to adopt a second cat is only $10. If the cat is rabies vaccinated, it is an additional $8.
Summer can be a great time to adopt a new pet, Fletcher said.
“A lot of times more people are home, children are home from school and it’s a really good opportunities for children and animals to bond,” she said. “It’s a good time for parents or care takers to provide guidance to how to take care of the animal.