LYNDHURST — The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center is seeking donations for its growing kitten population.
The shelter will be holding a kitten shower on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter, located in Lyndhurst, to collect items.
The shelter has been going through tough times lately.
It was closed to the public in February due to a lack of staff. A new budget recently approved could mean this won’t happen again. The ownership group increased the manager’s salary by almost $20,000 and added three new positions.
Now they are seeing an increase in the consumption of kittens.
According to Melinda See, a volunteer at the center, consumption of unweaned kittens began to increase in March. In April and May, inflows increased by 75% compared to the first quarter.
“The shelter has worked hard to transfer these kittens to rescue groups and to place them in foster and adoptive homes,” she said. “They have a dedicated group of kitten foster homes, but are always on the lookout for new foster homes to meet the extraordinary demands of kitten season.”
See said the shelter hopes more foster homes can be recruited once the community realizes the need.
“Foster homes are essential to the rescue work of the shelter,” See said.
The goal of the Kitten Shower is to get special items the shelter needs during “kitten season”, which is when cats mate and give birth – a time that tends to be from March or April until late fall in our area. See mentioned.
The shower will feature current foster families and their foster kittens, along with foster family information, a photo booth, the opportunity to submit names for new litters of kittens and more.
“The shelter held a kitten shower a few years ago when it had more staff,” See said. “Volunteers have stepped up to help get one this year.”
You can donate in person or on the shelter’s Amazon wishlist at amzn.to/3kApcwD.
Necessary items include:
- KMR and Breeders Edge Kitten Formula (Dry and Liquid)
- Spare bottles and teats for kittens
- Royal Canin Mom and Baby Cat Wet Food
- Fancy Feast Grain Free Wet Kitten Food
- Gerber chicken or turkey baby food (no veggie meat only)
- Purina Kitten Food
- kitten toys
- Fleece blankets, puppy pillows and towels
- Baby wipes
- Heating discs
The shelter is located at 1001 Mt. Torrey Rd. in Lyndhurst. For more information, visit svasc.net.
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