It’s officially the peak of kitten season, and while that may sound cute, it’s the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters like the Grand Strand Humane Society with homeless kittens.
“Every year there is a kitten season, but this one just seems to be hitting us very heavy this year,” said Suzanne Roman, executive director of the Grand Strand Humane Society.
During this time it’s a struggle for the shelter to keep up with the influx of cats and kittens — food and space being the biggest issues.
“Right now we are overflowing with kittens and cats, we are just filled to capacity,” Roman said. “We are just going through so much more food than we normally do just because of the large amount of intake of cats and kittens.”
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The shelter made a Facebook post Wednesday morning showing just how low it was on cat and kitten food. “The cupboard is bare,” it said.
“We just keep using it,” Roman said. “Right now we’re down to our last few cans, so if people bring it in, we’re starting to use it immediately. I mean we are right now feeding well over 200 cats a day.”
According to Roman, there are 100 cats currently being held in the shelter, and more than 160 in foster care.
“Each cat eats a can a day, so it’s a lot,” she said.
Since the shelter is going through food so fast, Roman said the workers sometimes buy food and litter with money out of their own pockets.
“We just always run on a tight budget in an animal shelter setting, so if we can get contributions of cat and kitten food, it really, really helps us out.”
She said if it comes down to it, the shelter may have to use funds to buy food that would otherwise be spent for medical purposes.
“We are hoping that we will get enough [donated food] so that we don’t have to use funds that we could really be using for special medical needs, or things like that, but we have to have food,” she said. “The animals need to eat.”
The Grand Strand Humane Society is a low-kill shelter, and “no animal is ever euthanized for time or space,” according to its website.
If you would like to help out, you can drop off cans of food at the shelter located at 3241 Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach. You can also learn more about fostering a litter by calling 843-918-4910.
Michaela Broyles, 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles