Lee County Domestic Animal Services is in need of canned cat food to feed hundreds of cats currently housed at the shelter.
The intake of cats during the summer increases from a monthly average of 286 to an average of 523 per month from May through October. The shelter is depending on the generosity of the community to get through kitten season with enough food to feed the cats.
Donations can be brought to the shelter, at 5600 Banner Drive, off of Six Mile Cypress Parkway, next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Convenient drop off sites are also located in many Publix supermarkets and other locations throughout Lee County. A list of sites is available at: www.LeeLostPets.com.
The shelter's goal is to provide the best care possible for pets until they can be adopted into permanent, loving homes.
"Canned food is very important for growing kittens, as well as adult cats, that require extra nutrition to ensure a healthy weight to prepare them for adoption," Donna Ward, LCDAS director, said.
"Many of the cats and kittens that come through our shelter doors have not had proper nutrition or vaccinations placing them at risk for illness leading to loss of appetite," she said. "Canned cat food provides an extra incentive to get them back to a healthy weight. Providing the right type of food is critical to their well being and survival."
Lee County Domestic Animal Services also encourages residents to spay and neuter their own felines in addition to taking advantage of the agency's Trap, Neuter and Return program for feral - wild - outdoor cats by calling (239) 533-9234 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Lee County Domestic Animal Services' Web site for more information about programs and services, lost pets, and pets for adoption at: www.LeeLostPets.com.