Each spring, hundreds of kittens are born in the Triangle. Many are abandoned at county shelters, and sometimes without a mother to care for them.
But thanks to area shelters such as SAFE Haven for Cats, 8431 Garvey Drive in Raleigh, those little kitties have a safe place to stay while they search for their forever homes.
When a kitten younger than six weeks is brought to a county shelter, “the clock starts ticking,” said Dawn Crawford of SAFE Haven.
“That kitten has 24 hours to find a shelter or rescue to provide the round-the-clock care to keep it alive,” Crawford said.
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So the folks at SAFE Haven want to make sure they have room for new kittens by making sure they find homes for the ones they have now.
To help make room for the next wave of kittens, SAFE Haven has a special adoption event this week. The first 30 cats will be adopted for free May 19-21, Crawford said. After that, all adoptions will be $25 for cats and kittens.
SAFE Haven will be open for adoptions from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Each cat and kitten will be ready to go home the same day, with a pre-adoption veterinary exam, vaccinations, microchip, and spaying or neutering.
Spring and summer are peak times for kittens to be born. Many of them are orphans that need continual 24-hour care, including being bottle fed.
SAFE Haven has 24 kittens in foster care, and that number is expected to rise.
“Shelters like SAFE Haven for Cats offer refuge for these little ones that are oftentimes not yet able to eat on their own,” said shelter director Sherri Orner. “County shelters must find a shelter or rescue for these kittens within 24 hours of their arrival, and that’s where we come in. SAFE Haven lessens the load on county shelters by giving great care to these kittens and finding homes for them.”
SAFE Haven for Cats won a grant from the Best Friends Animal Society that allows it to take an additional three cats a week from the Wake County Animal Shelter.
Once at SAFE Haven, the cats hit the “shelter cat lottery,” receiving additional medical care and attention to get them ready for adoption. The shelter is slated to double the number of cats and kittens taken from local county shelters this year thanks in part to the grant.
SAFE Haven for Cats is a no-kill cat shelter and low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Raleigh. Founded in 1994, its mission is to use no-kill principles and education to save cats’ lives through adoption, spay/neuter services and community programs. For more information, go to safehavenforcats.org.