Help a Feline Out

Posted by Pia

It's that time of year folks. We are well into "Kitten Season," as millions of unaltered cats are producing litters that average between 3 and 5 little furballs in need of care and shelter. The population of homeless cats explodes exponentially this time of year, but fortunately there are many things you can do to help save lives, curb population growth and care for homeless cats in need. You can start by adopting, fostering or spreading the word to others who might adopt a furballs like those in today's gallery!

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Hurry Come Get Me -- That's actually my name! -- Whitestone, NY. I'm a female kitten, I love people, and Ii'm told that I'm great with kids!

1 Hurry Come Get Me -- That's actually my name! -- Whitestone, NY. I'm a female kitten, I love people, and Ii'm told that I'm great with kids!

Southside Johnny, Westwood, NJ. I'm really hoping you can help me. Ya see, I was living happily with my family for 12 years, but they were just told that their 3 year old is allergic to me, so I must find a new home. I'm healthy, and my family is willing to cover any medical bills for me from now on!

2 Southside Johnny, Westwood, NJ. I'm really hoping you can help me. Ya see, I was living happily with my family for 12 years, but they were just told that their 3 year old is allergic to me, so I must find a new home. I'm healthy, and my family is willing to cover any medical bills for me from now on!

Bart, Westwood, NJ. I'm a truly wonderful cat -- that's what everyone tells me! I'm a friendly young guy. I've got short hair that is super easy to manage and if you must know, I can already use a litter box. I prefer humans to cats so i'd rather be your one and only feline if possible.

3 Bart, Westwood, NJ. I'm a truly wonderful cat -- that's what everyone tells me! I'm a friendly young guy. I've got short hair that is super easy to manage and if you must know, I can already use a litter box. I prefer humans to cats so i'd rather be your one and only feline if possible.

Simon, Mt. Vernon, NY. I had to survive on the streets when I was abandoned for about a year, but that has not hardened me. I love people, kids and other cats, and everyone just loves when I roll over like a dog.

4 Simon, Mt. Vernon, NY. I had to survive on the streets when I was abandoned for about a year, but that has not hardened me. I love people, kids and other cats, and everyone just loves when I roll over like a dog.

Miss Percy, Wadena, MN. I'm a house-trained young lady with long silky hair. I'm Persian, and very well mannered if I do say so myself! Oh and I was declawed on all 4 of my petite feet, so I must only be indoors... preferably on a soft velvet pillow surrounded by catnip and love.

5 Miss Percy, Wadena, MN. I'm a house-trained young lady with long silky hair. I'm Persian, and very well mannered if I do say so myself! Oh and I was declawed on all 4 of my petite feet, so I must only be indoors... preferably on a soft velvet pillow surrounded by catnip and love.

Blue Jay, Bronx, NY. I think I'm pretty cute -- I hope you think so, too.I'm a super polite young fella, and I'm a Russian Blue...whatever that means. I'm litter box trained, and I'm so ready to find a loving home!

6 Blue Jay, Bronx, NY. I think I'm pretty cute -- I hope you think so, too.I'm a super polite young fella, and I'm a Russian Blue...whatever that means. I'm litter box trained, and I'm so ready to find a loving home!

Millie.Tucson, AZ..I am an adult Russian Blue feline -- that's code for

7 Millie.Tucson, AZ..I am an adult Russian Blue feline -- that's code for "stunning and fabulous." I hang out in the office at the rescue group that saved me. I try to help but it's hard to file with paws!

Heaven, Tucson, AZ. I guess my name really says it all! I'm a cute little girl, and I even come covered by 30 days of free pet insurance!

8 Heaven, Tucson, AZ. I guess my name really says it all! I'm a cute little girl, and I even come covered by 30 days of free pet insurance!

I know many of you are partial to the pooches, but I ask that you take a moment to consider the welfare of your dog's furry feline kin. While every animal in a shelter anxiously waits to be loved and adopted into a home of their own, for felines -- especially adults -- the odds of this are tragically low.

Millions of loyal cats are relinquished to shelters each year when people move, suspect an allergy, or their own unaltered cat mates to produce a litter of kittens. In fact, some people bring their cat's kittens to shelters year after year instead of spaying or neutering. There is little that is cuter than a kitten, but we must remain mindful of the millions of innocent felines who lose their lives when even just a few kittens remain unaltered.

How You Can Help...

1. Adopt a cat, kitten or even a bonded pair who prefer to stay together, from a local shelter or rescue group. Feline personalities vary in the same way that canine ones do, so do not assume that all cats are the same if you met only one and were not impressed.

2. Have your own cat spayed/neutered (altered) -- or perhaps help a friend or neighbor accomplish this for their own cat. Altering a cat is not only healthy for the cat population overall but it is in fact much healthier for the individual cat. Altered cats are at far less risk for reproductive cancers and other health complications. Also, altered cats rarely spray, do not go into heat and tend to stray from home less as they are not at the mercy of raging hormones that can make them very anxious.

3. Assist with a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) effort in your area, or volunteer to help feed and maintain a managed colony of altered cats near your home or business. Assisting with such an effort, or alerting a reputable cat welfare group who can help with a TNR program, is a way for one human to save literally thousands, and ultimately millions of felines from a tragic fate.

Our feline companions need our help. I'm hopeful that each of us, even those who identify solely as "Dog People," can foster some of that unconditional love we receive from our canine friends, and then send it in the direction of a feline who desperately needs it.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

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Adoptables in today's gallery:
Hurry Come Get Me
Soutside Johnny
Bart
Simon
Miss Percy
Blue Jay
Millie
Heaven

Comments (4)

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. Oh my goodness, I didn’t know that there were that many “fur balls” running loose. I see a lot of cats just wondering around in my neighborhood all the time. I hope someone has made sure that things were “taken care of” before they are allowed to run loose. I’ll bet that 99 percent haven’t. It’ll be another hot one today. I think I will nap in front of the AC for a while.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thanks for another wonderful blog post about how animal lovers can help animals who need someone to love them and truly care about them. Animals are definitely a super part of out lives and they certainly return the love we give them, to us. I have a wonderful little dog, Dudley Do Right, who needed loving care and is a fabulous 7 year old now! My brother, who lives here, has a beautiful dark calico cat who came here from Louisiana. She was found starving by his daughter who moved back here and now Kitty Poo is spayed and very healthy. His other daughter came to live here and brought a big Rottweiler named Jade, who had been treated horribly, and is now a very happy, loving big girl. Loving and caring about them sure does make each one of them very happy. I sure hope more people will do the same thing and help save more animals. Jan

  • Oh Dear Dr.Pia
    my heart aches! why oh why are people so irresponsible? these furballs did not ask to be born and thrown away...I pray they all find furever homes.

  • Hi Dr Pia,
    I hope these kitties can find new homes. I have been at my new house for almost a year. It was not easy at first, but my new Mimi & Papa love me very much.
    Your happy reader,
    Senor Rebel.

    Hi Kirby!

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