With an estimated 500 kittens expected to arrive at the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) this season and dwindling supplies of food and formula, the local shelter is appealing to the community for help.
The shelter's supply of kitten formula is running low and items such as cat litter and food run out quickly during the spring and summer when the shelter is caring for 100 or more cats.
"The top things we need are: kitten and puppy food, KMR (kitten meal replacement formula), bottles and nipples, and cat litter," said Abigail Krogman, donor relations coordinator for the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. "We are urgently looking for those five things. We're on the cusp of a very busy season."
Currently, the shelter is caring for 45 cats, but is expecting an influx of kittens soon.
When the kitten room is full, the shelter can go through a large can of kitten meal replacement every week, and several bags of litter. Larger litters of kittens often need to be supplemented with formula, even if they have a mother cat still with them.
There's already a rush of dogs and puppies needing homes with 36 in the shelter's care right now and 11 of them ready for adoption – including six puppies. There's also a waiting list of dogs that will need the GTHS to find them forever homes.
The GTHS wish list includes:
- Puppy and kitten food, wet and dry. Royal Canin is the GTHS brand of choice, but they will accept all unopened food donations. Sometimes open food in its original container can be accepted. The shelter offers a pet food pantry offering pet food and supplies to families in need. Donations are also needed for the pantry.
- KMR Kitten Meal Replacement formula
- Miracle nipples and bottles (reusable)
- Cat litter (clumping and non-clumping)
Items can typically be purchased at pet supply stores, and the GTHS has an Amazon wishlist online here.
The shelter is also looking for adopters for the pets ready to find homes. GTHS is again welcoming walk-in adoptions between noon and 4 p.m., seven days a week at 549 Tenth Line in Collingwood.