The Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, located at 8513 Lyons Road, is looking for loving homes that are willing to foster kittens.
AHS director Kacie Morrell is asking the community to join in and help in their mission. “To achieve this we need the community’s help,” Morrell said. “It’s just better for them to be in a home away from other animals until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered and receive their vaccinations and be put up for adoption.”
Since April, the shelter has been working with Best Friends Animal Society, a nationwide organization based in Utah that focuses on helping homeless animals.
“We reached out to them and a consultant visited us in early April,” Morrell said. “We received an $11,000 grant through them to help with our spay and neuter clinic.”
“We’re getting about 1,500 cats a year brought in, and now through our clinic we can put a lot of them them back into their environment after being spayed or neutered and because they are not breeding they are not building a population back.”
Morrell explained that in general, the old approach of euthanizing feral cats has data proving that it only creates a vacuum effect, and more cats move into the area and continue to breed once the others are removed. “We see a lot of them from the same locations,” she said.
In addition, they have an alternative to reinstating feral felines increasing the release rate for cats that would be better suited as “working cats.”
“We have started a barn cat program for those cats to live in a barn or warehouse building and take care of rodent problems,” Morrell said. “We do require that you adopt two to three cats because they do better in a group and that they are provided food and shelter. All cats come spayed or neutered, flea treated and are available for a monetary donation.
“If they do their job, just their presence will keep the rodents away,” Morrell added.
Available for adoption at AHS are around 20 dogs and 50 cats.
If you’re not looking for a long-term commitment but would like to lend a helping hand, the kitten fostering program could be for you.
“The program entails taking them on for a few weeks, and it just really helps keeping them at home in preparation to be spayed and vaccinated and made available for adoption,” Morrell said. “At the moment we have two dozen kittens for fostering and more coming in all the time.”
AHS also has made instructions available for a DIY cat shelter using a large plastic storage bin for those interested in making one.
For more information call 717-762-9091 or visit www.antietamhumanesociety.org.