SoHumane hosts 2nd annual kitten shower, ahead of busy season

Black cat at the Southern Oregon Humane facility in Medford. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

In preparation for the upcoming kitten season, the Southern Oregon Humane Society hosted their second annual kitten shower to collect donations for their animals. The donations are used to make sure the influx of cats are cared for well.

"With kittens, it comes with a need for a lot of supplies," intake supervisor Estrella Cervantes said. "We need milk bottles, food to provide the best quality of food and have some things ready for them so we're not scrambling at the last minute trying to get everything."

With the intake amount increasing each year, the organization took in about 360 kittens during last spring and summer. SoHumane said the root of the problem is a lack of spay and neutering.

"We haven't been treating a problem," Cervantes said. "Hopefully, we can start kind of focusing that were not going to adopt out of this problem. We have to start fixing these community cats."

During the event, employees are provided instruction on how to bottle feed a kitten and how to identify the kitten's age.

"We're teaching everybody how to bottle feed a kitten, because there is a certain way you have to do it because they are very fragile," Cervantes said. "Also, what to do when you find one and how to find out how old the kitten is because that's going to affect the care and it also helps your shelters understand... its needs."

If you are interested in donating supplies to SoHumane, there is a wishlist posted on their website.

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