Happy Tails

Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! For our lucky cover kitties their story is one with a happy ending. Two unspayed barn cats became pregnant and when the kittens were born the cats became too much for the owner to handle. All were therefore surrendered to RCHS and have adapted well to their new life, being spoiled and loved in one of our foster homes. They are now having a grand time running . around and exploring their new indoor environment. Prior to being adopted each kitten will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. They have great futures ahead of them! So many others are not so lucky.

Among animal shelter workers and rescue organizations this time of year is referred to as "kitten season". When you hear that phrase it might conjure up l images of sweet, fluffy, healthy kittens like the ones pictured here and on our s cover. But, the real situation isn't sweet at all. For animal shelters and rescue organizations "kitten season" can be the worst time of year. There are so very many homeless kittens (many of which are orphaned, not yet weaned and require bottle feeding) and simply not enough safe places for them to go.

You might be thinking, "Why is this a bad thing? Kittens are easier to place in homes compared to older cats, right?" While it is true that kittens can be more desirable to potential adopters, most animal shelters don't have the resources to care for very young kittens (especially orphaned kittens) and nursing moms. Rescue organizations like RCHS step up to take many of those that would otherwise be euthanized, but we too have very limited resources and can't take them unless we have foster homes, supplies and money to provide the necessary care. Most that are lucky enough to be saved typically require medical attention, good quality food and lots of TLC. All you need to do is look at our adorable kitten photos to see how truly worth the effort it is!

Thank you so much to those of you who support RCHS in our mission to improve the lives of these deserving kitties and the many, many other pets that we help. Together we can create an abundance of "Happy Tails"!