A busy time of year for shelters gets complicated with COVID19 cancellations

Written by on July 17, 2020

A busy time of year for shelters gets complicated with COVID19 cancellations

By K.C. Lopez

July 17, 2020

Photo | K.C. Lopez / WLVR

It’s breeding season for cats…and that means animal shelters are taking in more kittens than at any other time of the year. 

But as WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, the pandemic is complicating feline breeding season.

Lehigh Valley animal shelters are expecting a large growth in the cat population this summer  because trap-neuter-return services aren’t available in many areas. So animal groups are seeking more fosters than ever to care for cats, kittens and litters.

Jackie Folsom is the development coordinator for the Lehigh County Humane Society. 

“There’s been a really high demand for adoptions, particularly for dogs, throughout the lockdown. But we are entering kitten season, we have tons of litters and so we always need help with cats, that’s the big challenge in the summertime.”

The Allentown shelter is following new protocols because of the pandemic. Only 10 visitors are allowed at a time. Visitors must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, maintain a social distance and apply hand sanitizer before and after interacting with animals. 

For more information on how you can help, upcoming Lehigh County Humane Society events and fundraisers, visit The Lehigh County Humane Society’s website.

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