OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland Animal Services is blaming the drought for an increase in foster kittens.
Employees at the shelter say drier, warmer weather has female cats outside to mate earlier and more frequently than usual.
The shelter has seen a 38 percent jump in the number of stray kittens compared to this time last year. "We've had over 80 underage kittens come in so far this year, we expect we'll have several hundred if not 1,000 before the end of the season, which usually runs through early fall," Rebecca Katz said.
Oakland Animal Services is looking for people to foster any of these kittens or donate to help them receive proper care.
The kittens are available for adoption at around eight weeks.
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Due to a surge in foster kittens, Oakland Animal Services is encouraging people to adopt or make a donation to help provide the proper care for them.
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