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Ah, spring – and all it brings.

The weather is not too hot, not too rainy and not too buggy.

who slip into the “out of season” where roads, restaurants and beaches become less crowded – at least in theory.

And, here in Southwest Florida, the start of a season that is always a sad reminder for the animal lovers among us.

Those who work at local shelters call it “kitten season” a name that is both sadly accurate but also a glimpse of the real problem: too many unwanted cats, kittens, dogs and puppies with whole new generations joining their ranks.

Each May, the annual deluge of adult and baby cats swarms shelters, stressing shelter staff and all too often causing Lee County Animal Services to seek out more adoptive or foster families for the animals they have. keeping or slaughtering more, including healthy dogs and cats that would make wonderful pets.

If you agree that’s not a good option, there are several ways you can be part of the solution.

In the short term, we can donate money or supplies to the shelter of our choice; help a shelter free up space by volunteering to foster a pet between homes or, if you’re in it for the long haul, adopt, not shop.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services, which just held its annual convention “kitten shower” to stock up on supplies ahead of the influx, also preparing for its eighth year “Flip That Kennel” event to be held on April 23 by offering reduced adoption fees.

This year’s kennel and cattery decoration theme “to return to” the competition is children’s toys and it is now starting with almost free adoption fees. All adult dogs are only $20 and cats only $10 with an approved application.

Not only will you get a furry companion, but a great deal to boot – adoption packages are valued at over $500 in the form of neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, county license, microchipping, deworming, heartworm testing for dogs 6 months and older. and feline aids and the leukemia test for cats, are all included.

In the long run, the solution is to have all pets spayed or neutered. And yes, that includes the “thoroughbred” because there are also many of the animals in the shelters who need a home.

Almost all veterinary clinics perform the procedures, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter has a low cost clinic that offers these services among its offerings and there are low cost neutering and neutering clinics throughout Lee County.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services also has a program to help those in need of financial assistance.

To be eligible, pet owners must receive unemployment benefits, food stamps, Social Security disability, WIC or Medicaid checks. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online or by calling 239-533-9234.

Cats will receive neutering surgery, rabies vaccination (if three months or older), microchipped ID and Lee County license (if three months or older).

Dogs will receive neutering surgery, rabies vaccination (if three months or older), microchip ID, DA2PPV vaccine, and Lee County license (if three months old or more).

One final way to ease kitten season is to help get strays and feral cats “fixed.”

Lee County has a Trap-Neuter-Return program, which is designed “to avoid unwanted litters of wild and free-roaming cats.”

Cats receive neutering surgery, a rabies vaccination if they are three months or older, an ID chip, and their left ear is tipped as the universal sign of a neutered feral cat.

This is a free program that helps reduce wild and wandering populations while preventing “the needless death of thousands of cats each year.” Appointments are required.

For more information about Lee County Pet Services programs, call 239-533-9234 or visit Veterinary and spaying services can be found at

Low-cost clinics can be found at

Information about Cape Coral Animal Shelter adoptions and services is available at and

From donations to responsible adoption – there’s a way to be part of the solution “kitten season” and beyond.

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