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DAWG asks public’s help easing strain at shelters

This being kitten season, most animal shelters across the nation are filled to capacity with too many cats. Kitten season begins in spring and ends in fall producing a steady flow of homeless litters. Unwanted cats and kittens are too often abandoned to fend for themselves being subject to starvation, injury and disease, and sadly even more unwanted breeding.

DAWG (Douglas Animal Welfare Group) reports that during kitten season rescue resources like food, money, and space are stretched to their limit as shelters and rescue groups which already take in thousands of adult animals every year are inundated with homeless kittens. They struggle to house as many as possible and the risk of illness increases with the crowded conditions. Right now, Douglas County Animal Shelter's limited number of cat kennels are overflowing. The vast numbers of cats housed in shelters will not drop overnight and cannot do so without your help. That doesn't only mean adopting a "kitten." There are also many adult, house-trained, loving cats available. Unfortunately, grown cats are often overlooked at the shelter when cute kittens are in abundance.

DAWG offers substantially reduced cat adoption fees through the Douglas County Animal Shelter. If a cat comes in that was already spayed/neutered, there is no charge to adopt thanks to one of our generous DAWG supporters who pays the cat adoption fee. If a mandatory spay/neuter is needed, each male cat/kitten can be adopted for $45. Females are $55. DAWG absorbs as much as 50 percent of every cat/kitten spay/neuter to make it easier to find these cats homes and reduce overbreeding.

Here are the ways you can help right now with this urgent problem:

The "easiest way" to make sure there are fewer kittens without homes is to spay or neuter your cats. Cats can become pregnant as young as five months of age. DAWG has a low-cost spay/neuter program for low-income residents of Douglas County. Call 364-0320 for details.

Another simple way to help your local shelter especially during kitten season (and all year) is by donating food, supplies, money or your valuable time as a volunteer.

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Report found stray domestic cats/kittens to Douglas County Animal Care and Services (DCACS) at 782-9061. Work with DAWG's "cat group" to help manage the problem of stray cat populations. You can learn about DAWG's spay/neuter feral cats "T-N-R" (Trap, neuter, return) program by checking the website dawgrescue.com or by calling the shelter at 782-9061. There is no cost to you — the shelter will loan traps, and the DAWG group provides the funding.

If you are unable to adopt, consider becoming a foster parent — call 267-7325 or email dawg.douglascountynv@gmail.com to apply.

For a downloadable PDF "cat adoption flier" to post on bulletin boards at work, local businesses and other public places, email musuemmatters1@gmail.com. Also, please share on your Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Call 267-7325 for more information or visit our website http://www.dawgrescue.com and like us on Facebook.

Contact Anita Kornoff at museummatters1@gmail.com

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