The kitten population grows larger and larger each year, with spring being the busiest time for new litters. Shelters and rescue organizations often become overwhelmed during this time with the huge volume of kittens they receive. There are many ways you can help out this kitten season, including these top four tips.

Spay or neuter your cats 

If you have cats of your own, make sure to spay or neuter them as soon as they are old enough. Spaying or neutering is the best way to help curb the quickly-growing kitten population. Even if your cat remains indoors at all times, they should still be spayed or neutered on the off chance they escape from your home.

Volunteer to adopt at shelters and rescue organizations. 

Many new kittens need around-the-clock care if they are separated from their mother too early, requiring them to be bottle-fed and given extra attention. Shelters and rescue organizations can use all the hands they can during kitten season and welcome volunteers. Even if you can only spare a few hours of your time, it’s a big help to these organizations.

Donate money or items to shelters and rescue organizations

If you aren’t able to donate your time, you can still help out by donating items to rescue organizations and shelters. Things like blankets, dry and wet cat food, water and food bowls, and toys are always a need for organizations like these. You can also make a monetary donation by contacting the closest shelter or rescue organization near you.

Take precautions before dropping kittens off at a shelter

Many people want to help during the kitten season but actually, end up making things worse by taking kittens from their mothers too soon. Before trapping kittens and bringing them to a shelter, observe them for a period of at least 12 hours to ensure their mother isn’t nearby. Separating kittens from their mother too soon puts them at risk of serious complications and even death. Kittens should be at least six weeks before they are separated from their mother.

There are many ways you can help during this kitten season. Contact your local SPCA for more information.