CASPCA saves dozens of kittens from Florida from euthanasia

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Spring is kitten season, meaning a lot of feral kitties are born this time of the year.

The Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA has its own kitten explosion, but it's all designed to save lives.

There are more than 70 new residents at the CASPCA, at least for now.

The tiny felines are only weeks old. Some have made the long trip from Polk County Florida with their mothers because if they had stayed, they would have been euthanized.

"They euthanize all neo-natal kittens without nursing mothers," said CASPCA Executive Director Angie Gunter.

So staff from the local shelter took the long trip south to save lives.

The next step is to get them into foster care.

Sarah Toller, a CASPCA employee, will take two kittens.

"Basically with fostering, you are taking them out of the shelter and socializing them and taking care of them until they are big enough to get adopted," she said.

The CASPCA is a no-kill shelter helping the Polk County Florida SPCA find alternatives to killing animals.

"They're number ten in the country for highest euthanasia organization and number one in Florida, and the new executive director there is really trying to make a difference and become a life-saving community like we are here," said Gunter.

On Saturday, the CASPCA will be holding a Kitten Shower from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

People will be able to drop off donations to help with the care of the kittens, meet kittens that are currently available for adoption, and learn more about their care, from fostering to feeding.

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