It’s kitten season, and the SPCA could use some more kitten food!

Kitten season means a lot of tiny, adorable mouths to feed, and the SPCA of Tompkins County says “our cupboards are bare again!” They’re asking friends and fans to donate some spare kitten food to help out with the shortage.

Each tiny kitten gets to spend a couple of weeks at a volunteer foster home until it's old enough to be adopted. 14850 Photo.

Each tiny kitten gets to spend a couple of weeks at a volunteer foster home until it’s old enough to be adopted. 14850 Photo.

SPCA executive director Jim Bouderau says the summer months give the organization its “largest influx of animals,” with “kitten season” bringing in 450-500 kittens between June and August each year.

That’s a lot of fuzzy faces who need to be fed! The SPCA says people are welcome to drop off any brand of canned kitten food, but they prefer no fish or seafood varieties. If you’d like to order online from Amazon, this Fancy Feast canned kitten food is perfect. The Amazon Smile link lets you specify a favorite local non-profit to support with your purchase, for which Amazon sends a small donation at no extra cost to you, and if you specify the SPCA, they benefit that way, too!

If you buy from the SPCA’s Amazon wishlist, their shipping address is on file. If you order independently, just ship to SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York 14850.

“We have many accomplishments over the last fifteen years of which we are tremendously proud,” Jim tells us. “We have spayed or neutered more than 16,607 owned animals through our low-cost spay and neuter program; returned more than 3,200 lost animals to their owners; corralled hundreds of feral cats through our trap/neuter/release program; trained thousands of volunteers who work directly with our animals; enrolled 670 area youth in our summer Camp SPCA program; transported 613 animals from other animal shelters and rescue groups,” and lots more.

Anyone who’d like to donate to the SPCA directly can make a secure online gift toward the challenge at by clicking the “Donate Now” graphic, can mail a check to the SPCA at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York 14850, call 607-257-1822, or visit either the shelter or the SPCA Annex at the Shops at Ithaca Mall with a monetary donation or a donation of food or other needed items.

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