Abandoned Cats Rescued With Pregnant, Animal Shelter Has Advice

BRANFORD, CT – Late last Thursday evening, Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter received a call about two cats that had been abandoned near the donation bins outside the Branford Walmart. Saved “right away”, they were named Pumpkin and Spice. The latter, a diluted calico female, she is pregnant.

The animal shelter, which beats the same drum day after day, week after week, year after year, begs people to spay and neuter their pets, cats in particular.

From her Facebook post, here are what shelter workers call “fun facts.”

  • Shelters in New York and Los Angeles are nearing capacity as more people who had pets during the pandemic are abandoning them as the world returns to normal.
  • New York City Animal Centers took in 1,393 animals in a single month. This is double the usual figures.
  • In general, a cat can have up to four litters of kittens per year, with an average of four kittens per litter, although litter size can vary from one to twelve kittens. Just using the average number means that without control a cat can have 15-20 kittens per year.
  • Connecticut’s animal shelters, rescues, foster-based organizations and street rescuers are all overwhelmed.

“We are overwhelmed with requests for admissions, we are overwhelmed with our own medical cases, from taking care of the releases of owners or those abandoned outside while sick. We are overwhelmed with people who threaten to dump animals. We are all trying to help as much as we can,” her post read.

What can pet owners do to help?

  • Spay and neuter your pets.
  • Don’t give them up because you’re going back to the office and “you don’t feel like it’s fair to the animal now that you won’t be home all the time.” Moving house, having a baby, breaking up with your boyfriend/girlfriend, deciding that orange cats aren’t your favorite anymore, etc. Yes, unfortunately, we have heard all of these reasons.
  • Plan ahead: “If I catch an animal and its life changes, who can catch it? »
  • Purchase pet insurance to help cover unexpected costs.
  • Consult the lists of research resources. Click here.
  • Contact your state representative, state senator to create stricter animal laws to protect animals.

“Pumpkin and spice are safe with us,” the post read. “But animal shelters, rescues and foster homes that are at capacity cannot continue to take in more. Please be responsible. Please be good humans and stop to abandon your animals.”

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