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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SB Humane Society Rescues 28 Cats and Kittens from Single-Household

Heat Wave Serves as Reminder to “Beat the Heat” with Pet Spay and Neuter Services at the Santa Barbara Humane Society

Santa Barbara Humane Society Fills Need with Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic

Santa Barbara Humane Society Director of Veterinary Services, Christina Paris-Sisk, DVM, holds two of the 28 cats rescued from a single-household in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara, CA, September 29, 2015 – The need for spay and neuter education recently unfolded here in Santa Barbara. A household with several indoor cats, all unspayed females, experienced a sudden population boom when one cat got out and came back pregnant.

Kitten season, the time of year when cats give birth, has been starting earlier and lasting longer than ever before, which hampers the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s effort to combat pet overpopulation. The Santa Barbara Humane Society would like to remind the public of the importance of early spay and neuter surgery for household pets.

The Santa Barbara Humane Society, in partnership with ResQ Cats, took in 28 cats from this single household to help spay and neuter them in the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s onsite clinic. Now recovered from surgery, these cats and kittens are available for adoption at the Santa Barbara Humane Society, located at 5399 Overpass Road in Santa Barbara.

“One of the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s primary goals is the reduction of the pet overpopulation crisis in our community,” said Peggy Langle, Santa Barbara Humane Society Executive Director. “A very important aspect of our clinic is ensuring all adoption dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to going to their new homes.”

Cat populations can easily get out of hand. According to the ASPCA, cats can become pregnant as young as four months of age, can breed three times a year and have an average of four kittens per litter. That means, during her reproductive life, one cat could have more than 100 kittens.

Cats can safely be spayed or neutered at two months of age and the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s spay and neuter clinic is low-cost and open to the public. Don’t “litter” in your neighborhood… Call (805) 964-4777 to make an appointment to fix your pets today.

About Santa Barbara Humane Society
Since 1887, the Santa Barbara Humane Society has provided service to the people and animal populations of Santa Barbara County, and is proud to be one of the three oldest agencies in California dedicated to animal welfare. The Santa Barbara Humane Society occupies a five-acre site on Overpass Road, serving the community with a shelter, animal adoption services, a spay and neuter clinic, humane education center, boarding kennels, large animal holding center and corral, and inspection and rescue services. For more information, visit sbhumanesociety.org or call (805) 964-4777. Find Santa Barbara Humane Society on Facebook and Instagram.

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Contact

Flannery Hill/Juliana Minsky, (805) 687-3322

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