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Las Vegas animal sanctuaries, shelters seeing influx in kittens
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A huge influx of kittens has a local animal sanctuary looking for help.
The Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is putting out a call for foster parents, after seeing a record number of kittens being abandoned.
The question many people have is, what's causing the influx?
Last year at this time, the sanctuary had 100 kittens in foster care. This year, it already has 300.
"We've found kittens anywhere from trapped in walls, trapped in pipes, abandoned in homes, dumped on people's front yard, so where they're coming from is anybody's guess," said SPCA Volunteer Donna Stidham.
And that's the problem. Workers at Las Vegas sanctuaries and shelters say there's no clear reason why, but many of them speculate foreclosures could have something to do with it, since many people are not able to take care of themselves and their animals.
The SPCA is looking for temporary homes for these kittens, bringing them closer to adoption.
"Until then, what we're really trying to do is the best we can with a replacement mom, human mom, so they can get the nurture and care they deserve that they don't have in somebody else's home or from their own mom," explained Stidham.
The sanctuary realizes not everyone can adopt, but hopes more people will step forward and become foster parents.
"So even if you can't adopt one [we always love forever homes], but even if you can commit a couple months of your life to help one of these little guys, it would be a huge help," said Stidham.
If you'd like to become a foster parent, click here.
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