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Hundreds of Kittens in Need Expected at San Diego Humane Society Due to “Kitten Season”


SAN DIEGO; June 16, 2010 – The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s campuses in Oceanside and San Diego are preparing for an influx of nearly thousand or more kittens during the spring and summer months due to “kitten season.” Kitten season is the time of year when cats go into “heat” and give birth. Many of the resulting offspring end up homeless and in need of help at local shelters.

In 2009, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA introduced a program called “Paws to Success,” which is designed to reduce the euthanasia of treatable animals in San Diego County by serving as a refuge for kittens who have no other options.

The Paws to Success nursery includes 24-hour caregivers that tend to fragile kittens around the clock during kitten season. Last year, the nursery was able to save more than 1,000 kittens from across San Diego County.

How can the public help?

  • Keep your cat safe indoors and learn how to provide safe outdoor time.
  • Spaying or neutering your cats is the easiest way to help reduce the overwhelming numbers of unwanted cats and encourage others to do the same. Unaltered cats are driven by their hormones and tend to sneak outdoors primarily in search of a mate. Kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely altered.
  • If you find kittens, contact your local animal sheltering organization to ask for their recommendations on next steps. Only the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA North Campus in Oceanside accepts stray and feral kittens from the cities of Oceanside and Vista during business hours. The Gaines Campus cannot accept stray kittens but does offer a Litter Abatement Program for owned kittens – owners who relinquish a litter of kittens can have the parent cats spayed or neutered at no cost.
  • Adoption is a way to open your home to new cat or adopt a friend for your existing cat. Typically, adult cats feel the most immediate effects, as they are often overlooked by potential adopters when kittens are in abundance. San Diego Humane Society has three adoption locations -- Gaines Campus in San Diego, North Campus in Oceanside, and PetSmart in Oceanside.
  • Foster care is an essential program that involves individuals providing temporary care for kittens during the early stages of their lives until they are ready to be adopted. The San Diego Humane Society has foster opportunities at its San Diego and Oceanside campuses.
  • Caring for homeless or feral cats in your area by working with your feral cat group to help control your neighborhoods feral and stray cat populations.

Please note the San Diego Humane Society’s Paws to Success Nursery is not open to the public. If you find stray kittens, please contact your local shelter. If you have a litter you would like to relinquish, please contact your local shelter or the San Diego Humane Society’s Gaines Campus.


About the San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA provide vital services to animals and people alike. With campuses in both central San Diego and Oceanside, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s programs include sheltering and adopting animals, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, rescuing animals in emergency situations, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable and owned animals through public training classes, providing adult and youth education programs, and sharing animals through pet-assisted therapy. In Oceanside and Vista, the San Diego Humane Society North Campus provides animal control and stray pet services for the public.


A private, nonprofit organization that receives no government grant funding, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Humane Society’s retail store, Muttique, and fees for service.



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