Helping mums stay with kittens

THE BOND between a cat and kitten is as strong as that between a mother and child, Lorraine Hamilton says.

To help preserve that bond, RSPCA Tasmania has launched a program that endeavours to leave no mums behind.

State operations co-ordinator Ms Hamilton said the campaign would offer adopters the chance to, when they adopt a kitten, take home the mother as well.

Tasmania is in the midst of kitten breeding season and this week the Launceston care shelter had about 90 cats and kittens.

Ms Hamilton said many young female cats and their litters were being taken in by the three shelters around the state.

While the kittens are finding homes, the mums are being left behind.

 ``We really want to be able to save more lives and get these cats out of the catteries and into good homes,'' Ms Hamilton said.

All felines adopted out through the ``adopt the baby, get the babysitter free'' campaign are desexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

Ms Hamilton also reminded Northern Tasmania's pension card holders that the RSPCA provided vouchers for $50 to desex and microchip their own cats.

RSPCA Tasmania shelters are closed today. For more information and to see what animals are available, visit www.adoptapet.com.au

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