As summer begins and families nationwide prepare for road trips and summer camp, animal shelters are experiencing a hectic time of year known as kitten season. While the “kitten season” moniker might bring adorable images to mind, this time of year can be devastating for shelters. Between March and November, animal shelters experience a flood of homeless cats and newborn kittens in need of care.
Kitten season is in full swing, and there are plenty of ways your family can help out! Here are just a few suggestions to you get started:
Lend a hand at your local shelter. There are multiple ways your family can help out your local animal shelter , and we know they’d love to have you! Sign up to volunteer, or drop off some much-needed supplies such as gently-used sheets and towels or a plastic cat carrier. Visit Petfinder to find a shelter or rescue group near you. 
Foster a feline. Due to the influx of kittens arriving at shelters during kitten season, shelters often struggle with overcrowding. You can help alleviate this problem by providing foster care for a cat (or multiple kittens!) in your home until they’re ready for adoption. If you live in New York City and would like to foster for the ASPCA, please visit our foster care page .
Adopt a furry friend of your own! If your family has the room and time to spare to add a furry friend to your household, please consider adopting a feline friend. Peruse our database of adoptable cats in your local shelters  and check out our tips for bringing home a new cat .
Thanks for helping animals in need this kitten season!