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HSWC to Host Kitten Baby Shower

The Humane Society of Washington County will host a “kitten baby shower” to prepare for the fast approaching baby season.

Kitten season typically starts when the weather warms and intact cats reproduce at a more rapid rate than they do during more frigid temperatures. Continuing during the spring and summer, it is not uncommon for HSWC’s number of animal intakes to quadruple at any time during the busy season. Because infant animals require more time and resources than adults, they are typically cared for offsite by volunteer foster families until they are ready for adoption. The donations received during the baby shower will help supply these volunteers with the essential items needed to care for the influx of kittens in their care.

From Saturday, April 8th through the end of the month, the community is invited to bring donations for the incoming kittens to the shelter’s Adoption and Receiving Lobbies, where they will be collected in baby playpens. The most urgently needed donations are Purina Kitten Chow, canned kitten food, Yesterday’s News kitty litter, baby blankets, kitten baby bottles and formula.

“We are asking for the community’s help to supply us with essential items as we enter the baby season,” said Sonia Nicholson, Director of Animal Admissions and Foster Care. “You can play a part in helping to save the youngest and most vulnerable animals in our care.”

Before leaving the shelter, the HSWC will invite donors to submit a name that will be given to a kitten who enters the shelter during this kitten season.

Members of the HSWC Foster Care program will launch the month long collection with a special Kitten Shower Kick-Off Party on Saturday, April 8th from 1 – 3:00 pm. The public is invited to attend the party and encouraged to bring a donation. Everyone in attendance will receive a raffle ticket, and all who bring a donation will receive an additional raffle ticket. Prizes will be awarded, including one free adoption to be redeemed within 30 days. There will be face painting and shower-themed games. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Anyone who would like to donate to the foster program or become a foster parent can contact Karen Poston at kposton@hswcmd.org or call 301-733-2060 ext. 215.