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You’ve heard of a baby shower, but how about a kitten shower?

The Southern Oregon Humane Society is preparing for the annual spring flood of unwanted kittens by hosting a supply drive Saturday, March 23.

The Kitten Shower is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SoHumane Adoption Center, 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford.

“We are preparing for kitten season that is going to be coming our way very soon. Our kitten room will be filling up with kittens, so this is our attempt to prepare the best that we can,” said Cierra Johnson, adoptions supervisor for SoHumane.

Kitten birthing season starts in the spring as the weather warms and doesn’t let up until well into the fall, said SoHumane Development Assistant Marcia Sims.

During the kitten shower, people can drop off supplies, learn about the kitten foster program, suggest kitten names, hear tips on caring for new kittens, enjoy refreshments and meet other kitten enthusiasts.

Wet and dry grain-free kitten food, kitten milk replacer powder (kitten formula), small animal bottles and nipples, enclosed cat beds, heating pads, low-height and regular-height litter pans, unscented cat litter and toys are among the items on the supply wish list.

A presentation on the basics of SoHumane’s kitten fostering program is at 1 p.m. Bottle-feeding tips will be offered at 2 p.m.

Experienced kitten foster parents and cat experts will be on hand to offer advice.

Through the foster program, local residents take kittens into their homes — providing them with care, love and socialization.

Foster parents care for kittens ages 8 weeks and younger, either for a full eight weeks or part of that time, Johnson said.

“They get all the fun part of taking care of a kitten, but none of the commitment,” she said.

SoHumane spays and neuters all dogs and cats before making them available for adoption.

Kittens must weigh two pounds to be eligible for the pediatric spay and neuter surgery. Most kittens hit that mark when they are about 8 to 12 weeks old, Sims said.

Organizers note the kitten shower is not a kitten adoption event — although, as always, there are plenty of adult cats available for adoption.

“Kitten-like behavior depends on the cat,” Sims said. “If people are wanting the joy of an active, playful kitten, they can successfully adopt an adult cat with that personality.”

Cat adoption fees start at $50 and cover spay or neutering surgery, basic vaccinations, parasite preventative, an embedded microchip to help in the recovery of a lost pet, one free visit to a local veterinarian, 30 days of pet health insurance, coupons and cat-care information.

For a full list of items on the kitten supplies wish list, see sohumane.org/wish-list.html.

For more information about animal adoption, fostering and volunteering, call 541-779-3215 or see sohumane.org.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

Robert, an orphaned kitten at Committed Alliance To Strays, gets a mouthful of donated KMR milk replacement from shelter manager Bonnie Werly. CATS is among the many social service organizations struggling to meet the growing demand of families hit hard by difficult economic times. CATS could use donations of pet food to help families keep their pets.
The Southern Oregon Humane Society is throwing a kitten shower to prepare for an expected onslaught of kittens this spring. (Note: The shower is for gathering supplies; there will be no adoptable kittens at Saturday's event.)Thumbnail