Philadelphia-area shelters see rise in kitten population

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Feline populations at Philadelphia-area animal shelters are above average this year. The temporary stoppage of elective veterinary procedures, like spaying and neutering during the pandemic, could be a factor.

The veterinary association asked veterinarians and shelters to cease elective procedures like spay and neuter operations to conserve oxygen and other medical supplies for human patients during COVID-19.

Now, the procedures are allowed to be performed again, but Gillian Kocher with the Pennsylvania SPCA said the halt in the spay and neuter surgeries had an impact.

“So, we are seeing a little bit of an influx of kittens this time of year. Obviously, we call it kitten season because there are so many unaltered cats and or feral cats that are out in the community that are giving birth during this time. So we’ve seen a little bit of an uptick, which is an interesting thing to see, because I think it even reinforces the fact that spay and neutering is working, it is lowering the population of animals in shelters,” she explained.

For the first time in nearly four months, potential adopters can meet PSPCA cats and kittens in person this weekend inside a specially designed RV that will be parked outside Philadelphia Brewing Company in Kensington and its beer garden from noon to 5 p.m.

Prior to this low-cost cat adoption event, adoptions were only done online due to COVID-19 safety precautions. For more information, visit