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PAWS plans to throw ‘kitten shower’ March 30

March 23, 2019

As “kitten season” approaches once again, the staff at the Public Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS), 99 North Ave., are making preparations.

“We’ve currently held surrenders of feral cats, but we still have spaces for friendly surrenders,” said Animal Control officer Jeff Mitchell. “Space should open up in the next few days as we have some ferals getting spayed or neutered.” The shelter will not be taking large, adult dogs until space clears up. “We still have space for some small dogs and puppies,” said Victoria Helms, who works the adoption desk at PAWS.

Floyd Felines has been handling rescues for cats and kittens brought into the shelter in anticipation of the springtime influx of kittens.

“They’ve really been on top of (rescues) this week,” Helms said. “They’ve been arranging transport for cats and kittens, and they rescued a mama cat and an orphaned, 3-week-old litter of kittens just a few days ago. We’re lucky to have a good relationship with Floyd Felines. It really is a tremendous help.”

On March 30 from 1 to 5 p.m., the shelter will host a “kitten shower” to celebrate all the kittens the shelter will receive as well as the rescue groups and families who will adopt them.

“The biggest part of the event will be our ‘Fill the Pack-and-Play’ (playpen),” said Nicole Farrell, veterinary assistant at PAWS. “Our goal is to have everyone attending donate something to help our kittens and puppies.”

Needed items include kitten and puppy food, Gerber chicken and turkey baby food, kitten and puppy formula, heating pads, rice packs, soft blankets, baby wipes, washable stuffed animals, unused toothbrushes, baby shampoo, unscented dish soap, shallow food dishes and washable pet beds. An online registry is available at tinyurl.com/PAWSKittenShower2019. The shelter is also seeking donations of food, prizes and other items for the shower party.

For more information on the March 30 event or to donate, contact PAWS at 706-236-4537 or email Farrell at farrelln@floydcountyga.org.