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Animal shelter needs towels, other items for animals

March 16, 2009

The Humane Society of Washington County is in need of towels for the animals at the shelter.

The animal shelter is asking for donations of face cloths and full-size bath towels.

Kitten season has already begun and should be in full swing shortly. With two cats, one with kittens and the other expected to deliver any day already in foster care, the shelter is preparing for the expected influx of pregnant cats and new litters by month's end.

As the new cats and their litters are sent to foster care, the supply of available towels begins to dwindle.

"We are concerned we may not have enough towels and face cloths when kitten season gets in full swing," said Paul Miller, executive director of the shelter. "The closer we get to spring, the numbers of pregnant cats and litters brought into the shelter will increase and we want to be prepared with plenty of bedding for our newest additions."

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The increase in the number of pregnant cats and newborn kittens dropped off at the shelter begins to increase around the end of March and the beginning of April. By summer, the shelter might receive as many as 40 a day. "We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of spaying and neutering pets," Miller said.

"Each spring we receive large numbers of unwanted litters and the majority of those are kittens. Spaying and neutering is a way of preventing those unwanted litters."

In addition to needing face cloths and towels, the shelter also needs Purina cat and kitten food and Yesterday's News cat litter. Donations may be made Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 pm.

Any Washington County residents interested in becoming foster parents for a cat and its litter, may contact Holly or Tracy at 301-733-2060, ext. 216.

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD. Visit our website, www.hswcmd.org, for information on animal related issues, directions to the shelter and information about our programs and services.

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