Did you know that most kittens are born in the spring and summer. This is called "Kitten Season" and it runs from approximately mid March to late October. Female cats will have 2-3 litters during the warm months and each litter can have up to 8 kittens per litter.
During this time, over 5,000 kittens will come to the San Jose Animal Care Center and that's when we need you most! We can get up to 60 kittens a day and all of them need love and care. We have opportunities for you to volunteer in our nursery and to care for kittens in your home.
Did you know?
If one cat has 4 kittens then her kittens start having kittens you can end up with over 10,000 cats born in 5 years. This is why spay/neuter is so important!
Can I still help in winter?
Of course! We always need volunteers year round and the off-season is a great time to help out. There are three major ways you can help:
1. Donations and Fundraising
If you believe in saving kittens and want to help out, please donate to our program. Ask your friends, co-workers, and family members to donate as well! During the holiday season we focus on collecting the funds we'll need to run next year, so every dollar counts! If you are interested in doing a fundraiser for the kittens, e.g., collecting donations at a school, silent auction, calendar sales, etc. please contact us--we'd love to work with you!
2. Volunteer for the Kittens
We're always looking for people to help with event planning, marketing, social media, or other desk work. We also need help at events: setting up tables and chairs, running tables, answering questions from the public, etc.
3. Volunteer for the Shelter
After the nursery slows down you may want to socialize adult cats, dogs, or rabbits at the shelter. You must sign up to be a volunteer for the San Jose shelter and take additional classes as needed.
We operate from St. Patrick's Day in March to Halloween in October.
We do our best to match our hours with the shelter and are usually closed on all public holidays, except for emergencies.