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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

What happens in kitten season

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

So just WHAT does happen in a geographical location in the USA when “kitten season” gets going in full bloom so to speak?? My castle is in Northern California and our typical kitten season, when gobs of kittens are born by abandoned community cats, starts about late March or early April. It varies based on what your climate is.

Where is our Mom!

That said, I wanna talk about what happened this last 2019 kitten season and how my Paw It Forward effort, thanks to Mom L and Dad P and others, helped some kittens have a long awaited Happy Tails ending.

Our Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) efforts are very specific to our own city’s zip code and we only do “targeted” TNR (trap, neuter, return). We go door to door to find feeders who we can help by getting all their colony spayed, neutered and vaccinated. And, if they are friendly, we have a few adoption paths to help. That’s what this post is all about.

One of PDVC’s partners is our county animal services. Last year, 2019, they were chock full of kittens, moms with kittens in the shelter and the same but in foster families.

Along came PDVC with a Mom cats and between the two of them, 7 kittens. The shelter was impacted and asked that the feeders “foster and socialize in place”. And that had to be until at least another six to seven months!!!

But our partner, Contra Costa Animal Services, said once our “kitten season” was over, that we could allow our foster to bring those now almost adult kitties, into their adoption process.

And our “foster in place”, Miss Jessica, called PDVC this November searching for an adoption path for her remaining six now juvenile kitties.

This is a Happy Tails Ending!! All six were taken into the adoption path at our partner, CCAS. And everyone one was soon “pulled” by one of the CCAS Transfer Partners aka other rescues in our general location.  All six kitties have been adopted!! Here is their story told in their photos. I hope you will hang around and watch this short slideshow.

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All six have now been adopted. They were very well socialized by their “foster in place” cat Mom but their challenge was getting to be able to be with different people. And that is a HUGE challenge for all cat foster families. The kitties must get socialized BEYOND the foster family to increase their ability for adoption.

Let me know in comments what you think about our “Foster in Place” kittens “Happy Tails” ending.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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12 thoughts on “What happens in kitten season

  1. meowmeowmans on said:

    Your humans are so awesome. We are so grateful for them and what they do to help these kitties in need. And hooray that those kittens all found forever homes!

  2. It is great that they all found homes. Dad found a feral family last fall and the kits got homes and Mom and Dad are now ready for a life of outdoor living without bringing more cats into the world. Thanks

  3. 15andmeowing on said:

    Thank God for people like you that help kitties in need.

  4. We’re glad all the kittens found homes. Kitten season will be here again soon.

  5. Your area is doing such good work. It’s hard with so many, and you have to do the best you can. Down in the southern part of California, where the weather is even milder, kitten season is pretty much all year round.

  6. Bravo for all the hard work that is paying off!

  7. Carol MichaelWade on said:

    Thanks so much for the great work you are doing!!

  8. Carole Schulman on said:

    I think this is a wonderful idea in socializing!

  9. Those kittens…juveniles are so lucky to have been adopted!

    Its a great idea, and though getting them to be OK with all kinds of peeps is hard, the results of their efforts makes it worthwhile.

  10. we heard a season kitty last night… and I really ask me when people will ever learn… 30 bucks at the vet when they have special offers (right now) and the danger is under control…

    • $30 USD is unheard of here if people go to a regular veterinarian clinic. Neuters can cost as much as $400USD and spays as much as $800 USD. No wonder people don’t get their cats neutered and spayed! And dogs cost even more!1

      • an organization pays the other part of the bills, so practically all people could go to profit from this offer… but they don’t … their pet is not even worth the 30 euros… so sad… and I often feel like stranded on the planet of the apes… sigh…

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