Last updated: August 06. 2014 11:52AM - 77 Views
By Stacy Kess

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It’s not easy being a kitten.

Just ask Rowdy, Sasha, Mr. Mustache, Quill, Shadow, Riddley, Hoffman, Jimmy, Bentley or Boris.

Every spring and summer, the Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 S.R. 37 E., takes in many of the kittens born to homeless cats around Delaware County — along with many of the adult cats. All the HSDC kittens want homes so they can love and be part of a family.

But this crew has it even harder. As sweet or silly or cuddly or quiet or talkative as any of them may be, they all face a challenge that came along long before they were a twinkle in their mma’s eye. These kittens have black fur, and black cats face the stigma of being bad luck.

The old stories may say not to let a black cat cross your path, but if you cross paths with these kittens you’ll know the truth: this bunch is nothing but fun. They are ready to bring happiness to a home.

All of HSDC’s kittens have been tested for FIV/FeLV, spayed or neutered, given shots appropriate for their ages, been microchipped, dewormed and given flea medications on a regular basis.

The adoption fee for kittens 6 months old and younger is $85. The fee for adult cats is $60.

The adoption fee for adult dogs is $117. Puppies 6 months old and younger are $137.

Summer shelter hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Adoptions are processed until 5:30 p.m.

The Low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic is by appointment only. Please call 740-369-7387 for more information.

The Low-cost Vaccination Clinic is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

The Humane Society is operating from a waiting list for the surrender of all animals. Please contact the shelter to be put on a waiting list if you have an animal you need to surrender. The mandatory surrender fees are $40 per dog, $60 for a litter of puppies, $25 per cat or kitten $40 for a litter of kittens.

Not looking for a cat or dog, but maybe interested in a Guinea Pig? HSDC may have pets other than dogs and cats available from time to time. Visit the listings of other animals at www.hsdcohio.org/adopt-otherpets.htm.

HSDC also works with horses in its Horse Rescue Program, and is looking for good foster and adoptive homes for horses it rescues. For more information, visit www.hsdcohio.org/horserescueinfo.htm.

HSDC is in critical need of foster homes for animals, gasoline gift cards and toilet paper. The shelter is also in need of both kitten and adult cat food. Also on the wish list for the shelter are 13-gallon garbage bags, scoopable cat litter, postage stamps, copier paper, file folders, AA batteries, cotton balls, small bedspreads and large bath towels. HSDC’s cats also need stretch and scratch pads, cat toys and cat beds. Dogs at HSDC need leashes and collars.

Donated items can be brought to the shelter during business hours, purchased through Amazon.com on the HSDC website, www.hsdcohio.org/wishlists.htm. Monetary donations can also be made through the HSDC website.

Volunteers are also need to keep the mission going! HSDC does not receive government funds, so animal-lovers are needed. To volunteer, attend one of our information sessions. Volunteers older than 16 can attend sessions the first and third Saturday of every month at 11:30 a.m. Sessions last about an hour and are to inform potential volunteers of how they can help HSDC and the animals. To sign up for our Over 16 Info Session, please go to www.signupgenius.com and when prompted, enter our volunteer email address: volunteerhsdc@hotmail.com.

Children can also volunteer! Sign up for an information sessions at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. Young volunteers are especially needed in the “READING TO THE ANIMALS” program. To sign up for our Under 16 Info Session, please go to www.signupgenius.com and when prompted, enter our volunteer email address: volunteerhsdc@hotmail.com.

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