Spring marks the beginning of “kitten season,” the time between late spring and early fall when an estimated 20 million kittens will be born without homes. In an effort to prepare for these arrivals, the Brevard Humane Society is inviting the community to participate in an “Itty Bitty Kitty Shower” from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5th at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa.

“There are many ways in which the public can help,” said Michelle Deaton, Foster Care Coordinator for the Brevard Humane Society. “While one of our biggest needs is trained people willing to foster kittens, the majority of the supplies needed to save these kittens’ lives comes from the kitten shower as well.”

Last year, the Brevard Humane Society successfully saved the lives of over 500 orphaned kittens and they expect to surpass that number in 2019 with support from the community and their “Itty Bitty Kitty Shower” fundraiser.

In the style of a traditional baby shower, guests are encouraged to bring gifts and donations to support the Brevard Humane Society’s Foster Care program. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, music, games, a raffle, prizes, a bake sale, craft sale and of course, itty bitty kitties! Aside from highlighting kittens this baby-themed event will also provide attendees the opportunity to learn the different stages of kitten development and the care needed within each of these stages. Some of the essential items requested include IAMS Healthy Kitten food (wet and dry), KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement), nursing bottles and warming discs. A complete list of items is available via the Humane Society’s Amazon Wishlist and gift cards to local area pet stores, Walmart, Target, etc. are also welcomed. For those who wish to attend but are perhaps unable, Jon’s Fine Jewelry, Pet Pros in Rockledge and Melbourne, any of the four Molly Mutt Thrift Store locations, along with the Brevard Humane Society’s Cocoa & Merritt Island Adoption Centers will all gladly accept gifts/donations before and after the shower.

Most importantly, the Brevard Humane Society hopes to remind the public with this event that the easiest way to reduce the number of unwanted kittens each year is to spay and neuter. Patrons wishing to control the pet population, may also indicate their donations be utilized for the Humane Society’s “Spay It Forward” program, which helps provide free spays and neuters to animals in need. For more information on the kitten shower, please call 321.636.3343 ext. 219 or to make a spay/neuter appointment at the Humane Society’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic, please call 321.636.3343 ext. 206.