How to help local shelters on National Kitten Day

Here’s a list of supplies needed by local shelters and adoption information for those looking to add a furry friend to the family.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Editor’s Note: The attached video is dated June 1, 2022.

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a day dedicated to kitten awareness and adoption.

Despite melting hearts, many kittens are left in shelters, by the roadside or in the wild.

Officials say neutering and neutering pets is essential for their health and to reduce the stray population.

The day is also dedicated to encouraging the adoption and promotion of kittens, instead of buying them from breeders or pet stores.

According to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSCA), kitten season, which runs from March through September, is when cats give birth, flooding shelters with liters of homeless people.

A list of supplies typically needed in shelters during this time is as follows:

  • Safe Pet Beds
  • Heating pads
  • KMR liquid milk
  • KMR powder
  • Libra kitten
  • Feeding nipples
  • Royal Canin mum + kitten food
  • Medium or large dog houses
  • Cat carriers
  • Kitten litter box (lower)
  • Litter boxes
  • Towels
  • Litter
  • Cat toys – balls, mice, etc.
  • Water and food dishes specific to kittens

Besides donating supplies, the Pennsylvania SPCA says another way to help is by fostering animals.

During the summer, shelters desperately need temporary foster homes.

Officials say fostering either single adult animals or mothers with litters helps free up space and resources in a busy shelter.

Two weeks is often what these animals need before they are ready to go home.

An application for potential host families in the Lancaster area can be found here.

Below is a list of local shelters that have animals, including kittens, looking for new homes:

Adams County SPCA
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
(717) 334-8876

  • Neutered/neutered cats $65.00. Kittens $65.00 + $40.00 (for refundable sterilization deposit). Fees include sterilization, microchipping, flea and tick treatment, up-to-date vaccinations including rabies (if over 3 months old), distemper, Bordetella, deworming, leukemia test feline and feline aids for cats, physical examination.

  • Special Note: 10% off for military and police with ID.

York County SPCA
York, Pennsylvania
(717) 764-6109

  • The average adult cat from 1 to 7 years old costs $100. Kittens under 4 months are $150 and cats 7 years and older are $65. Fees include microchipping, current vaccinations, relevant tests and sterilization.

Animal Rescue, Inc.
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
(717) 993-3232

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
(717) 564-3320

  • There are several packages available with adoptions. A basic adoption will include neutering or neutering surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, and leukemia/IVF testing. Adoption fees for this package are between $87 and $125. You can find more information on adoption fees here.

Pennsylvania SPCA Lancaster Center

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
(717) 917-6979

  • Adoption fees for kittens are $150 and for cats $85. Adoption benefits include neutering or neutering, microchipping with lifetime registration, deworming, age-appropriate vaccines, rabies vaccines, flea and tick prevention, medical evaluation, evaluation of behavior and additional benefits.

Lancaster County Human League
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
(717) 393-6551

  • Veterans who adopt an eligible pet from the Humane League of Lancaster County or the Freedom Center for Animal Life-Saving will receive a $150 gift card to purchase pet food and other essential items needed for the pet as well as ongoing resources through Pets for Patriots. For more information, click here.

Lebanon County Human Society
Myerstown, Pennsylvania
(717) 628-1369

  • Adoption fee: $75 for kittens up to 6 months old. $55 for cats 7 months to 9 years old. The fee for cats over 10 years old is $25.

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