Spring and Summer
Besides being the time of year when we see the highest volume of kittens, spring and summer are when the most people surrender adult cats. Kittens and cats are surrendered when their owners move, are travelling, or develop allergies. This means that the cat cages at the adoption center stay mostly full from April through October.
We use a variety of other means to help save cats during the busy spring and summer seasons. In addition to partnering with numerous rescue groups, we will place cats and kittens in loving foster homes while they wait to be placed for adoption.
If you see a healthy stray cat, leave it in place so it can potentially find its way home. Since there is no law in Grand Prairie against free-roaming cats, we ask residents to leave healthy stray cats where they find them.
Unless there is an immediate threat, leave kittens in place where their mother can find them, especially if they are too young to eat on their own. If you need to move the kittens, place them nearby where the mother can find them.
If you must intervene with kittens, you can help by providing in-home foster care until the kittens are 8 – 10 weeks of age. Email email@example.com for information on fostering.
If you are thinking about surrendering a cat or kitten, consider keeping it through the summer until the volume of cats and kittens entering shelters and rescues slows down.
Spay or neuter all tame cats you currently own. Low cost programs, such as Spay Neuter Network and Texas Coalition for Pets, provide transportation services from the Prairie Paws Adoption Center.
If you have a cat that is pregnant, keep the mother and babies until the kittens are 8 – 10 weeks of age to help the shelter conserve foster homes for kittens who otherwise have no place to go. Keep the mother cat in your home until after all the kittens are adopted and consider spaying the mother cat.