Monday, July 26, 2010

No Kitten Planting

I promise you that we are not planting kittens at The Sonoma Humane Society. Although that's what it seems like every year when we are in the midst of "kitten season" and the number of cats and kittens just keep growing. Believe it or not, there is a cycle in the year usually between May and December where kittens are bountiful in shelters everywhere. This is mostly because the breeding cycles of cats tend to kick-start as soon as the weather begins to warm, and then diminishes once the weather becomes cold again.

This has been a particularly difficult year for shelters all over the Bay Area. It seems that large scale spay/neuter efforts are paying off and thankfully we're not seeing an increase in the number of underage kittens being surrendered to our shelter. However, the Sonoma Humane Society is experiencing a dramatic decrease in the number of cat adoptions as compared to July of last year; the causes of which have yet to be determined. In an effort to find as many homes for cats as possible, and to ensure room for others awaiting space in our shelter, the Sonoma Humane Society has reduced our adoption fee for cats and kittens to just $40 (that's over $100 in savings). All of our cats and kittens have been sterilized, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

10th Annual P.A.W.W.
This Saturday, July 31st from 11-4 PM the Sonoma Humane Society will be participating with local area shelters in the 10th Annual Pet Adoption and Wellness Weekend at the Airport Cinemas in Santa Rosa. If you're considering adopting a cat (or dog) into your family this is the purrfect weekend! Don't miss our double feature. On Friday from 6-8 pm at the Raven Theatre in Healdsburg, Mutt Lynch Winery kicks off the weekend by hosting a screening of the movie "Remembering Playland", complete with a Q&A with the films' Director, Tom Wyrch. Tickets are available for purchase at any of the Santa Rosa Entertainment Cinemas for $25, which includes wine and food tastings and free kisses & tail wags from adoptable dogs. All proceeds benefit local animal shelters. I hope to see you this weekend.


Kiska Icard, Executive Director
Sonoma Humane Society


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