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Animal shelter in Naples overcrowded with kittens

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jun 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 07:15:37-04

NAPLES, Fla. — If there are one thing workers like Christina Carson at the Domestic Animal Shelter in Naples love being around, it’s kittens.

Right now there’s too many of them, it’s the time of year for cats to have babies, and people with good intentions bring these kittens to the animal shelter, and the numbers add up quickly.

“Physically at the shelter, we have 174 cats,” said Christina Carson, the senior animal care specialist Collier County and Domestic Services.

Meaning the shelter is overcrowded, especially with kittens. Too many cats in a confined place can lead to health problems.

“Like upper respiratory infections, panleukopenia which can be fatal, ringworm, which is the same ringworm you and I can catch,” Carson said.

To prevent this, leave the kittens with their mother.

“If you actually leave them with mom and keep an eye on mom, And then once they’re big enough, then you bring them in when they can eat, and they’re less vulnerable,” Carson said.

Other options include becoming a foster or adoption.

“It’s $10 cat adopts and they buy one get one free. That includes the vaccinations that include them being fixed, chipped if they’re a Collier County resident, that also includes their license,” Carson said.

Click here for information on the Foster Care program.
https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-a-e/domestic-animal-services/foster-care

Click here for information on adoption:
http://apps.colliergov.net/vdas/adoptapet.cfm