Animal shelters are bulging at the seams as the number of abandoned kittens and puppies continues to surpass the number of loving homes willing to adopt a four-legged family member.
This week, Angelenos abandoned 57 animals at the East Valley shelter alone. That shelter has adopted just 10 of its animals, and if the trend keeps up, it will have to begin euthanizing the could-be pets.
Calling this time of year “kitten season,” shelter officials said most of the animals brought to them are too young to be adopted. All animals must be 8 weeks old, fixed and have all their shots and micro-chipping complete before they can be sent home to a new family.
Shelter officials are urging the public to spay and neuter their animals to help cut down the population of unwanted kittens and puppies.
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