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WHY DON’T WE HAVE ANY KITTENS ?????
Occasionally we might have a kitten or two, but this time of year there aren’t many around.
Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters. Kitten season is really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.
Why a kitten season?
Why does kitten season occur? Because too many kittens are born when cats who are not spayed and neutered mate.
The easiest way to help reduce the overwhelming numbers of unwanted cats is to spay and neuter your own cat and encourage others to do the same. Unaltered cats are driven by their hormones and tend to sneak outdoors primarily in search of a mate. Mating just once can start a domino effect that can result in dozens, even hundreds or thousands of unwanted animals.
Above information is taken from the Humane Society.
Fall 2015 PAN Newsletter
Inside this newsletter: Superstitions about black cats, Halloween Safety Tips,
Happy Endings and a short story about
The Day Martha Went Missing! OH NOO!!!!
Stormy is generously sponsored by: Nancy Gronski
Sadly Stormy was euthanized due to illness on 10-12-16. Thanks to a loving foster home, Stormy spend his last days in a warm home with food a plenty. He was never cold or hungry again. Play and run free at the Rainbow Bridge Stormy!!
Shorthair blue with small white pendant.
They call me Stormy because I came inside during the coldest month ever. I’m very grateful to be warm and fed (lots of nummy canned food) and to have a person to chat with and rub on. I chat a lot! I see myself as more of a Grayson, Lord and Master of my own Manor, though. Mrrrow, at least one person, maybe another cat or two..think about it, there’s a lot to love about me!
2016 update: Stormy hasn’t been at the center much because he has a chronic eye infection. We’ve tried a lot of stuff, nothing seems to work. Sometimes you just have to apply tincture of time.
“Kitten Season” is here!!
What’s Kitten Season?
The breeding season for cats varies according to geographic and environmental factors such as temperature and the number of daylight hours. Cats will have their first estrus cycle, or heat, when they reach puberty. This could be as early as 5-6 months, depending on the time of year. In northern parts of the country, like New York, female cats usually go into heat from January until September. Cats are seasonally polyestrus, meaning they go into heat multiple times during the breeding season.
I Love Kittens, so Isn’t Kitten Season the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Sort of yes, but mostly no. From a volunteer standpoint, Kitten Season is awesome. During Kitten Season, the adoption center is very busy and every week brings new, insanely cute, kittens. For those of us staffing the adoption center, it’s a ton of fun.
Unfortunately, only about 1 out of every 9 cats in the United States will find a home. That means that, for every 9 kittens born, 8 of them will left to fend for themselves outdoors or will be euthanized at a shelter.
What Can You Do? Answer: Foster cats and/or kittens
We are always looking for more fosters, but we especially need them during kitten season. All it takes is a spare room in your house, the willingness to provide food, water, and litter, and the ability to transport kitties to adoption events. Our foster coordinators are there to answer questions and help you with any problems. Pet Adoption Network pays for all vet expenses.
Story of Claus
Story of Claus
Claus is looking forward to 2015 to take care of the issues he is experiencing. He needs to see 2 specialists regarding his issues. Unfortunately he is either missing or has a shrunken eye and will need to see a veterinary ophthalmologist.
UPDATE: Claus visited the veterinary ophthalmologist last week for a consultation. Claus very patiently allowed his foster Mom to hold him while the doctor examined his eye and Claus received numbing drops to reduce his discomfort. The examination was over quickly and the vet said that there was a non-functional small eye left inside. He couldn’t tell whether it was from trauma or an infection, but Claus is okay now and the best course of treatment is to remove the eye and seal the lid within the next few months to prevent any infection. The current plan is to wait for evaluation for his heart next month by ultrasound and if Claus is able to undergo anesthesia, remove the eye and perform his alteration through his regular veterinarian.
Claus was able to get a cardiac ultrasound recently. Claus is thought to have a rare, congenital defect called pulmonary stenosis which means that blood flow in the vessel from his heart to his lungs has a smaller opening. This restriction causes his loud heart murmur but does not indicate that he has severe disease. Currently, his heart shows no disease changes and he has no symptoms of any heart disease! His imaging veterinarian recommends that he is monitored for symptoms, but is optimistic that he may not have issues related to this defect.
Claus was so good for his ultrasound that the vet promised him some kitty treats because he kept still! His personality keeps emerging and while he is still a very active and playful kitten and befriends adult cats to play, he wants to cuddle up and nap with a person or another cat. In the near future, he will have his alteration and sealing of his non-functional eye and will be looking for his furrever home!
Thank You Megan Reilly
Megan Reilly decided last year that she would like to do her Silver Award Project to help animals. She choose Pet Adoption Network and we are so proud of her. She started by having friends bring donations of food, litter, etc. for PAN instead of birthday gifts for herself. Then she saved her own money and sponsored one our lucky kitties – Princess. She continued to help PAN by hand sewing piles of catnip toys for the cats, and volunteered her time to help with our fundraiser “Rummage 4 Rescue”. Then, before the cold weather set in, she made shelters for PAN to distribute to feral colonies – see below. Thank you Megan for all your hard work, you should be as proud of your efforts as we are of you!!
Inside our Summer 2015 newsletter: - Meet Donna Cone - she takes on the tiniest to foster. Read about how she does it – it’s exhausting work. You will find an article about cats in Folklore and Superstition. Also a list of recent adoptions and a picture of our very own Martha on her 3rd birthday.
One of our volunteers was married recently and included her best fur-friend in some of her wedding photos. Read about some easy tips to keep your kitty healthy – from nail trimming hints to flea control and more. Also Martha turned 2 this past April. Her fans can read an update from her.
Click on the above link to read a story about the dedication of our foster homes. It’s not always fun and games with cute little kittens. Sometimes it ends up being a lifetime commitment to a foster kitty that never finds their own “fur-ever home”.
Can you name some famous people who LOVE their feline friends?
Also, a short note from Martha.
Kate Sullivan ( President and founder of PAN) was with Channel 8′s Chelsea Pompeani LIVE Tuesday morning (11-26-2013) Click the link below to check it out!!
Click on the link above: In this issue you can read about the ongoing efforts to reduce the numbers in a Sea Breeze feral colony. Martha sent you a little note about her summer vacation. Meet some more of our Board members: Wendy Coppola, Ada Nastasi, Anne Lanzafame and Carolyn Lauber. We have also included a few pictures from our 10 year celebration.
Winter Shelter Project
IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!!
Ever look out your window on a cold winter day and see one, two, or more little kitty faces looking for someplace to get warm?? Do you say to yourself “What can I do?” Well here is something you can do to ease the suffering of feral cats and kittens. It’s an easy project to do:
DOB: April 10, 2012
Martha is generously sponsored by:
Mary Ellen Lansing
Ineligible for Adoption
Martha came to us when she was about two weeks of age. We later discovered that she has a significant heart murmur. According to the cardiologist, she is a worst case as these heart conditions go. She has been given between 6 mos. and 1 year to enjoy her days on earth. Her foster mom has been taking her on vacations and camping trips so she can “see the world”. She is really an enjoyable kitty, just as playful and entertaining as any other teenager. She is doing well, and you would never know that she is facing a shortened existence. Let’s hope the Dr.s are mistaken, and she will prove them wrong!!
Martha is being generously sponsored by Mary Ellen Lansing
Martha was found outside, barely old enough to walk, alone at 1 am. She was bottle fed by her foster Mom and has become a loving, affectionate kitten. She has been diagnosed with a significant heart murmur. After seeing a specialist it was determined that she has 6 months to a year+ to enjoy her days on earth. We know that there is no possibility of adoption but are keeping her picture here temporarily for anyone who might like to be kept updated. This is a very special kitten.
Martha has grown into a sleek, shiny beautiful teenager. This picture was taken August 15th. She is still as active as any other kitten.
Martha LOVES her foster sister Jenny. Jenny is getting up there in years, yet she tolerates being loved by this unusual little kitty. Their favorite time of day is nap time. Any time Jenny curls up to snooze, so does Martha.
A Note from Martha
I haven’t given you an update is a while so I thought I would take this opportunity to say “Hi!”. I saw my doctor today. All she could do was shake her head in disbelief. She just doesn’t know how I can still be walking on all fours and be looking so good. All the experts said I would be lucky to see one year. Well here is it exactly 1.5 years later and I am still here. Woo Hoo!! LIFE IS GOOD!! I live every day as if it will be my last – and let me tell you I make the best of it. I tear around the house, jump over Jenny, chase Peanut and wrestle with her (when she lets me). My appetite is terrific and the Dr. said to just keep on doing whatever I like to do. She turned my paw over, looked at it and said “I don’t see an expiration stamp on here so go have fun”. So that’s what I am going to do.
Thanks for all your inquiries about me.