Happy Labor Day! School has started and we have cooler weather in the morning and evening. The days are getting shorter and less tourist traffic on our roadways. We will soon feel the bite of Fall weather. I don’t know about you, but we at the Shelter welcome the change. We have struggled through an extremely difficult kitten and puppy season and know we still will have multiple litters this fall, but winter is coming and hopefully we will get a breather to prepare for next Spring. The only true preparation is Spay & Neuter. We have been sterilizing over 1000 animals a year for the past two years, but we continue to get hundreds of unwanted puppies and kittens. It gets really frustrating, but we will not give up. In addition to Low Cost Spay & Neuter and the Community Cat Project, we have information on additional low-cost options in our area. If you have an animal in need of spay or neuter, please call the Shelter and we will share these resources with you.
This past week has not been as crazy as usual. We have had a few adoptions and another group of 18 puppies were sent to Puppy Rescue in St. Louis. We have already started getting another group ready to leave in two more weeks.
Wrap up summer with a soft, pale orange kitten! Little Carlo was one of a litter of 6 kittens born April 15th to a Siamese mama. He doesn’t look very Siamese-y but he can be very vocal, which is a Siamese trait. He is a handsome buff tabby with white (his tail is extra fluffy for some reason). He gets along great with the other cats and kittens in the cattery. He is a bit scared of dogs so any cat-dog introductions will have to be done slowly.
The dog this week is Casey, a 5-month-old, Border Collie/Heeler Mix. He is mostly black with blue ticking on his feet and chest. He’s a small guy right now, but he will most likely grow into a medium size dog. He was found with another dog as a stray on 14 North almost 2 weeks ago. He is a very sweet dog and will make someone an excellent companion. He has learned to walk on a leash well and getting the hang of housetraining.