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'Overwhelming' Number Of Unwanted Kittens In Rockland, Hi Tor Center Says

Milagros (Miracle) the kitten had to have her leg amputated from neglect.
Milagros (Miracle) the kitten had to have her leg amputated from neglect. Photo Credit: Hi Tor Animal Care Center

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- For the Hi Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona, kitten season is tragic.

It's the time of year when countless unspayed cats are giving birth leading to a flood of wild or unwanted kittens overwhelming local shelters, including HI Tor which has already taken in at least 200 kittens since March.

The shelter, which keeps and tries to adopt out the kittens, is at the breaking point and asking for donations to help care for the kittens that they expect to keep receiving until October.

Kittens like Milagros (Miracle) and Angelito are at risk each with each passing day, officials at the center said.

Milagros needed her leg to be amputated last week and Angelito is scheduled for surgery for a possible amputation this weekend. Their extensive wounds would have been their death sentence if not for Valley Cottage Animal Hospital's commitment to helping Hi Tor save as many kittens as possible, they added.

But it takes money to the center's medical fund to make the operations and care for the sick kittens necessary. The center said on Facebook: "Your emergency contribution to Hi Tor's medical fund will help us save these kittens in danger this kitten season. We're hoping you can help Hi Tor meet the urgent need right now to replenish our medical account."

In addition to caring for the kittens and sometimes their mothers, the center is also fighting to reform the thinking of residents who don't understand the importance of spaying or neutering their pets. They are urging all to do so to help curb, and maybe one day, prevent the unwanted kittens.

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