By Linda Mathes

The Unicoi County Animal Shelter is reaching out to the community for volunteers to join our foster program. Due to the large number of kittens in our shelter, we are asking for volunteers to foster kittens between six and nine weeks old.

Kittens this young have not built up a strong immune system and are susceptible to contracting various illnesses, the most common is an upper respiratory infection. By living in a foster home for several weeks they can remain healthy and build up their immunity. When the kittens come back to the shelter at approximately 12 weeks of age they will be spayed or neutered and ready for adoption.

If you are interested in this foster program please call the shelter for further information. If you can’t join the foster program but want to help we are in need of cat litter. Due to the high volume of cats and kittens in our shelter, we are using more than 200 pounds of litter a week, donations of both clumping and non-clumping litter will be greatly appreciated.

And don’t forget the low-cost spay-neuter program sponsored by the shelter. This month’s clinic is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, and you must register your animal at the shelter by Saturday, July 20. 

The cost for all dogs is $55; male cats – $35; and female cats – $50. Fees include surgery, rabies vaccination and supplemental pain medications. Just spaying/neutering one animal can make a difference.

For more information, please call the shelter at 743-3071 or come by the shelter during open hours Tuesday-Saturday from 1-5:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 185 N. Industrial Drive in Erwin.