There has been a dramatic decline in kitten, cat, dog and puppy adoptions this summer, reports Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, and a record number of animals are available.
The 2013 kitten season started late this year due to cool temperatures, which resulted in a staggering number of kittens arriving at the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin late spring.
"Kittens, cats, dogs and puppies continue to arrive at the shelter, but adoptions have been at a near-standstill," according to a press release. "Maybe adopters are on vacation, waiting for school to start before adopting, we just don't know.
"What we do know is that shelter dogs, puppies, kittens and cats are regularly being euthanized due to lack of space at the shelter and foster homes are staying full without adoptions."
Cats go into heat every six to 12 weeks when temperatures are warm, which is most of the year in the Tri-Valley. One female cat can have up to four or five litters of kittens each year and a female dog can have two to three litters.
For more information go to www.tvar.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 519-9898.
TVAR is the largest animal rescue organization in the Tri-Valley area, finding homes for over 1,000 kittens, cats, dog and puppies each year. All of its animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped for identification, FIV/FeLV tested (felines).
Tri-Valley Animal Rescue supports the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin. The shelter looks to local rescues (mainly TVAR) to take animals they can't keep due to young age, lack of space or minor illnesses.
Dogs and cats come from the public (owner surrenders), are found in yards, and are picked up by Animal Control as they are reported when found in parking lots, gardens, etc.