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Many of the abandoned kittens and cats now recovering at The Haven require medical attention.
Posted by Jessica Vaughn
FAIRHOPE – Southern Alabama is kitten season all year round. Unfortunately, many of these cats end up feral or stray cats, which contributes to Baldwin County’s high number of feral cat colonies. Many nonprofit, volunteer groups are working to combat this problem through Trap, Neuter, and Release programs, but it can take years for the effects of such methods to become apparent.
Recently, the Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter in Fairhope took in more than 75 seriously ill kittens and cats in just a few weeks. Some were left on the site’s front door, while others were found in boxes across the community before being taken to The Haven.
“The sight is almost unbearable,” wrote Executive Director Michael Graham in an email. “These helpless pets are filthy and left in boxes or crates for days without food or water in the hot summer heat. These innocent animals are emaciated, severely malnourished and covered with worms and other parasites. “
The Haven crew went to work providing the cats with medical treatments, daily grooming, meals, vaccinations and de-wormers. According to the email, they are now safely recovering in The Haven.
However, the sudden influx of cats has resulted in The Haven’s overcapacity for cats. While many of these cats are still recovering, The Haven has already hosted cats and kittens ready to find their home forever. By July, The Haven had reduced the cat / kitten adoption fee to just $ 5. The usual cat adoption fee is $ 125. The normal adoption procedure continues to apply. Steps for adoption can be found on The Haven’s website. Adoptions include pet spay / neuter surgery, microchip and registration, up-to-date vaccinations, deworming, 30 days of pet health insurance, 30 days of flea / tick and heartworm prevention, and more.
Those who cannot adopt a cat or a kitten but want to help can also become a temporary foster home. Many of the crew members at The Haven have started caring for the cats, but more carers are needed. Instructions and food are provided for foster families. Any donations are also required to cover medical expenses and prepare pets for adoption.
Donations can be made through the website www.havenforanimals.org or by mail to The Haven PO Box 1063, Fairhope, AL 36533.