LEANDER, Texas – Like other area shelters, the Humane Society of Williamson County (HSWC) has seen an increase in the number of cats and kittens admitted so far this year. Those kittens are pushing the shelter to its limits, sounding the call for a new building.
The shelter has multiple cat condos for adult cats, a dedicated kitten room, and a medical isolation room. However, HSWC lacks dedicated space for intaking new kittens to safely prepare them for adoption.
HSWC says it urgently needs to set up a portable building with a/c, heat, and lighting to offer the arriving kittens the best care and accommodation -- increasing their chance of finding a permanent, loving home.
"A portable structure is an inexpensive method to make the most impact to provide all cats and kittens with safe surroundings...Upon intake, cats are prepared for adoption with vaccines, micro-chipping, and spay/neuter surgery. Kittens too young for surgery will go to a foster family, but while waiting for a foster family to care for them, a dedicated intake room is the safest means to prevent the spread of potential infections," said Gina Benner, Assistant Director and manager of animal operations.
HSWC is appealing for donations to help cover the $4,500 cost of materials for a portable building. The organization is a private, non-profit, No Kill animal shelter and does not receive any government funding. Donations are tax deductible.
If you're looking to add a furry friend to your family, HSWC has several adoption promotions. For the month of June, all adult cat adoptions are free, with their adoption fee waived. Kitten adoption fees are lowered to $50 for one kitten or $75 for two kittens. All potential adopters must still complete an approved adoption application.
Donations may be made by calling, mailing a check, or donating online at www.hswc.net/donate.