Published on February 25, 2022
Huntsville residents in need of a whiskered, purring companion are urged to bring home a cat or kitten from Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) in honor of International Rescue Cat Day.
Observed annually on March 2, International Rescue Cat Day is designed to raise awareness of homeless cats and kittens and encourage adoptions. HAS director Dr Karen Sheppard said it was also a great way to encourage people to spay and neuter their feline friends.
Sheppard said there was a lull in the number of cats and kittens at the shelter, but “kitten season” was from late spring to early fall. This is when many shelters in the United States are inundated with cats and kittens.
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HAS, which took in more than 2,300 cats and kittens in 2021, reports that more than 2,200 (96%) were adopted, transferred to rescue groups or picked up by owners. The shelter’s rescue rate for all animals was 95.6%, which exceeds the national average by 10 points.
“We’re lucky to have so few cats, but we know that’s going to change in the coming months,” Sheppard said. “That’s why it’s so important for people to neuter and neuter kittens to reduce the population.”
Cats can give birth to up to eight kittens per litter and have two to three litters per year. An unsterilized cat can give birth to nearly 200 kittens in her lifetime.
Kittens can be neutered from 6-8 weeks of age or as recommended by a veterinarian.
Those who are unsure about adopting a cat or kitten should consider benefits that do not include companionship. A previous study by the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology found that cat owners had a reduced risk of death from heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disease.
“Cats also provide excellent indoor and outdoor parasite control, although they can bring the parasites to you as a gift,” Sheppard said.
Adoptable adult cats cost $35, while kittens cost $50. Each adoptable pet is vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and comes with a municipal license and a free bag of pet food. Click here to see photos, ages and descriptions of available animals.
Located at 4950 Triana Blvd. in Huntsville, the shelter is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 256-883-3782, visit HuntsvilleAL.gov/Animal or consult us on Facebook.