Cute aren't they. Well they need your help! The Ocean County Board of Freeholders (NJ) is calling on the public to help nearly 100 kittens that have been turned over to the two local animal shelters.
They admit this is the time of year that litters of kittens are surrendered to the shelters or abandoned, but Freeholder Gerry Little says the number of surrendered animals has increased by about 30 % since last year. Shelter supervisors say home foreclosures have forced many area residents to give up family pets when they loose their homes.
According to the state director of the Humane Society of the United States, some people can no longer afford to feed their animals, while others are moving into rental properties that don't allow pets.
The shelters in Ocean County charge a $55 donation to adopt a kitten. That helps to offset spaying or neutering and immunizations. The cats have also been microchipped for identification.
There are 20 kittens at the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter and nearly 80 at the Northern Occean County Animal Shelter. The animal shelters are run by the Ocean County Health Department.
This is happening across the country, so please help if you can!
If you already have an animal buddy, maybe your buddy needs a pet!