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Bumper crop of kittens awaits pickers

Ryan GraffPost Independent Staff Writer

SPRING VALLEY- It’s kitty season at Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) in Spring Valley.Kitten season comes around each summer, beginning about May and ending in September.Every year, said executive co-director Leslie Rockey, people come looking for kittens early in the spring, before the kitten season has arrived. By the time kitten season finally arrives, most people have lost interest or found a cat somewhere else, leaving the shelter with dozens of available kittens.On Monday, 63 cats were staying at the shelter, many of which were kittens, said Rockey. Another 30 are in the homes of volunteers. All those cats had the shelter staff looking for more volunteer foster homes and permanent homes.”We just keep on trucking,” said Rockey, on finding homes for animals.Shelter employees are attending adopt-a-thons and taking out more advertising, hoping to find new homes for the cats, said Rockey.Though the shelter is always hoping to have cats adopted out, the space that opens will be filled quickly with animals from the waiting list.So many cats are without homes because many cats in the county are not spayed or neutered, said Rockey.”That’s the whole problem,” said Rockey. “People need to spay and neuter their animals before they let them go running around outside.”In addition to the problem of cats not spayed or neutered is the fact that female cats can have three litters in a single summer. “Mom can be nursing a litter and have another one cooking,” said Rockey. At about five kittens per litter, a single female can produce 15-20 cats a summer, said Rockey.The shelter has a waiting list for dogs as well, said Rockey. Monday afternoon, 12 dogs were at the shelter, but Rockey was expecting four more. The total of 16 would put the number of dogs one over the shelter’s capacity of 15.The staff is holding its Second Annual Puttin’ on the Dog (and Kitty Cat) Ball fund-raiser to help pay for the operation of the shelter.The Ball will feature cocktails and appetizers at the shelter, then dinner, silent and live auctions, and the music of the Sirens of Swing. “We guarantee a fun evening, and the animals will just appreciate it so much,” said executive co-director Pattye Lacy.Puttin’ on the dog (and Kitty Cat) Ball-The ball starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Colorado Animal Rescue, with cocktails and appetizers.-Silent and live auctions will follow at CMC. Auction items include: Bronco tickets, Daytona 500 tickets, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, passes to local attractions and lodging, and more.-Music and dancing with the Sirens of Swing.-The ball benefits Colorado Animal Rescue.-For tickets and information: Pattye Lacy, 947-9173.

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