It’s kitten season |

It’s kitten season

For unfixed cats in the Truckee area, the recent warm temperatures mean only one thing Ð it’s breeding season.

That’s bad news for Carol Merjil, the head of the cat program at the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, who already has 27 cats in her care at the shelter.

With that many cats, Merjil said, she’s had to group four to five cats together in each of the cages just to make room. And Merjil expects to receive another 10 cats by today.

“What killed us is that we just got 17 from one place,” Merjil said of the current overpopulation crisis. “And we’re just right now coming into kitty season.”

Spring is typically a difficult season for the Humane Society due to the large numbers of cats and kittens coming in and the limited opportunities to find new homes for all of them.

Because the weather is still fairly cold, Merjil is hesitant to bring the cats out to the adoption days the Humane Society holds in the Safeway parking lot.

Display cages at the Truckee Donner Veterinary Hospital, Sierra Pet Clinic and Scraps Dog Bakery Ð where cats that are available for adoption can be viewed by potential new owners Ð help quite a bit. And Merjil often takes people who are interested in adopting a cat to the Humane Society’s facility by appointment.

“I just wish we had an open shelter and a decent sized space so people could see the kittens playing,” Merjil said.

Another factor that contributes to the overcrowding at the Humane Society is the shelter’s no-kill policy, meaning that all of the cats and dogs that come into the facility are given all necessary veterinary care, socialized, and cared for until they can be adopted out to a new home.

“Most shelters, they don’t have the time to give them,” Merjil said. “They’ve got five days, or sometimes three, and then they kill them. But here we work with them until they can go to homes. To be no-kill you really have to work with them.”

For more information on the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, or if you are interested in adopting a pet from the society, call 587-5948 and leave a message, or see its Web site at

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