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Humane Society of El Paso hosts ‘kitten shower’ for expecting feline moms

A cat at the Humane Society of El Paso.

EL PASO, Texas - The Humane Society of El Paso hosted a 'kitten shower' on Saturday in preparation for an influx of expecting feline mothers.

"We are expecting at least 1,000 kitties that we need to feed and care for," said Patti Hack, a program manager at the Humane Society of El Paso.

The kitten season starts in March, Hack said. She told ABC-7 that they are looking for dozens of volunteers to foster kittens and feed the newborns.

"We need people 24 hours a day, seven days a week that can come and help us feed the little babies before they go on to foster homes," Hack said.

If you see a litter of kittens without a mother, they are not necessarily abandoned, Hack told ABC-7. She said the mother cat might go out hunting, leaving her babies behind for a short period of time.

"We ask the people not to grab the babies," Hack said. "Do not kidnap the kittens. Do not grab babies just because you found them on the street, under a bush or in your yard."

If you do find a litter of kittens, Hack recommends sprinkling a ring of flour around the nest, waiting a few hours, then looking for the mother's paw prints.

"Even if we try our hardest to take care of the kittens, mom is the best at taking care of the kittens," Hack said. "Just leave them with mom."

Hack did recommend rescuing kittens if they are in immediate danger.

To volunteer, call the Humane Society at (915) 532-6971.

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