Mild fall contributing to overlap of the kitten and holiday seasons, says the ARL
Boston, MA – The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) reports a sudden burst in the number of kittens coming into the Boston Adoption Center, located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End. In the past few days, a total of seven different litters of kittens have come in from the cold, an unusually large number for this time of year.
Adoption center staff suspect the mild fall contributed to an extended kitten season this year.
“It’s not unheard of to have this many kittens in December, but it’s not something we typically see,” explains Carolyn Curran, assistant shelter manager. “It stayed warm well into November this year, which means cats stayed ‘out on the prowl’ longer.”
Curran says the Adoption Center generally has an easy time finding safe and happy homes for kittens, especially when they are as cute and fuzzy as these 15 little ones. Unfortunately, the sudden influx of kittens means adult cats like Hidari, a sweet and affectionate 7-year old gray short hair cat who arrived at the Boston Adoption center in mid-October, may have to wait longer for a home for the holidays.
Earlier this week, an anonymous donor sponsored the adoption fees on Hidari and 10 other cats over the age of 7 at the ARL’s three adoption center locations in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham to encourage families to open their hearts to an adult cat.
According to Curran, “a curious and high-energy kitten who just wants to play may not be the best fit for every family. A calm, affectionate adult cat who just wants to curl up on the couch with you may actually be the best match if you’re looking for an animal companion.”
To learn more about all the animals looking for a home for the holidays, visit arlboston.org/search-adoptables.
About the Animal Rescue League
Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.
The ARL launched “Home for the Holidays,” a month-long community outreach campaign in December to encourage adoption and support for shelter animals. By featuring stories of animals rescued from cruel conditions, now recovered and living happy lives, as well as animals available for adoption, the ARL hopes to find more animals a home this holiday season.
To learn more about the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” visit arlboston.org/homeforholidays2013.