Everyone Welcome for Free Sept. 20 Session
A free webinar is scheduled for Sept. 20 to address the ongoing cat overpopulation problem throughout Riverside County.
The webinar begins at 6 p.m. on Zoom (registration link: https://bit.ly/UCanHelpCats) and is sponsored by the Animal Welfare Coalition of Riverside County, an organization that includes public and private agencies throughout the county.
Leaders at these organizations say they are hopeful the online session will provide helpful tips, but also inspire community members to get more involved in curbing the abundance of felines.
Topics will include: fostering, volunteering, vaccinations and microchips, transports and what should people do when they find kittens.
“It may seem counterintuitive, but the best and safest place for very young outdoor kittens is just where they are, in familiar territory where their mother can find them and care for them until they are old enough to thrive and survive on their own,” said Jana Hayes, volunteer community cat program manager for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. “Of course, there are exceptional cases where the environment is not safe for the kittens. In those situations, we encourage concerned residents to please call our TNR hotline or their local shelter for advice and support.”
Riverside County Animal Services Director Julie Bank said the webinar will be informative and highlight just how much help is needed.
“All of us working in animal welfare know that, when asked, community members will step up and help,” Bank said. “We need more foster guardians, volunteers, adopters, and community cat lovers to do whatever they can to help provide the very best outcomes for the thousands of cats depending on us right now.”
If residents are not able to attend the webinar, they can help the situation by ensuring their own pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, Bank said.