Armadale Community Animal Rescue group feline the pressure

Armadale Community Animal Rescue Group centre manager Carolyn Bryars with Echo. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d445865
Armadale Community Animal Rescue Group centre manager Carolyn Bryars with Echo. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d445865

KITTENS at Armadale Community Animal Rescue Group are desperately in need of a home.

Shelter manager Carolyn Bryars said the not-for-profit animal shelter had more than 100 kittens in its care that had been rescued over the past two months.

“This number will only increase in the coming weeks,” she said.

“We hold only a small number of kittens in the shelter at any given time and the rest stay in foster care until we have space at the shelter.”

Ms Bryars said there were seven juvenile kittens at the shelter from the previous kitten season, which ranged in age from eight to 12 months.

They have either not been adopted since last year or have been found, surrendered or returned to the shelter’s care.

“They are still playful and loving but often get overlooked by the small, cute kittens from this season,” Ms Bryars said.

“Some of these juveniles are now quieter in nature as they have been in foster or shelter care for some time and have not found a permanent home.

“We always try promote these animals for adoption when people come in looking for a kitten or adult.”

Ms Bryars said this season the shelter had noticed a significant increase in the amount of kittens compared to last year.

“When kittens come to us they can be in the uterus of a pregnant mum or just born with mum, but we mainly get them as orphans,” she said.

“We rely heavily on foster carers to care for them until they are healthy and of adequate age and weight to be adopted.

“The public don’t see the army of people and human energy which goes into raising these kittens to the point of adoption. Human kindness and love is the backbone of our organisation.”

The no-kill shelter is run by about 50 volunteer.

It does not receive government funding and relies on donations.

It needs volunteers who are mature, reliable, confident and able to help with office administration duties and supervising volunteers on a daily basis.

Visit here or call 9399 4906.