Summer puts the heat on animal charity 'kitten season'
THE merry season might be approaching for Rockhampton, but for Katina Kilpatrick it's the start of kitten season.
The president of charity Capricorn Animal Aid said summer was the worst time of the year for animal rescues.
"People go away for holidays or move house and animals are sometimes abandoned or dropped to the pound," Katina said.
"Carers sometimes go on holidays too so it's a stressful time for coordinators to shuffle around foster animals."
Through the cash bonus now given to CAA from the Rockhampton Regional Council, Katina said the organisation was attempting to focus on rescuing from the pound rather than surrenders.
But sometimes it wasn't possible.
"We don't want to risk puppies contracting Parvo for their sake, and the sake of our vet bill," Katina said.
"Now more than ever we encourage people to consider adoption rather than backyard breeding or purchasing an animal from a pet store and also to be responsible and desex their animals."
Around 209 animals were impounded in the Rockhampton Regional Pound in September.