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Kitten season carries on (and on) in Clark County

Weather, pandemic combine to extend cats’ breeding period, creating challenges for shelters, vets

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 1, 2022, 6:02am
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A sign on the front of the cage of Parsnip, a 3-month-old kitten, lets visitors know he has been adopted at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. The organization is experiencing an abnormally long kitten season this year.
A sign on the front of the cage of Parsnip, a 3-month-old kitten, lets visitors know he has been adopted at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. The organization is experiencing an abnormally long kitten season this year. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

An unforeseen consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change was an explosion of kitten populations, which is overwhelming local veterinary practices and animal shelters.

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington observed a massive influx of kittens coming through its doors due to a longer kitten season, or the time in which cats are giving birth to their litters.

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