BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhuanet) -- A pet adoption group
in the United States claims global warming is the reason behind a huge increase
in the number of kittens and cats showing up in animal shelters nationwide.
Several shelters operated by a national adoption
organization called Pets Across America reported a 30 percent increase in
intakes of cats and kittens from 2005 to 2006, and other shelters across the
nation have reported similar spikes of stray, owned and feral cats.
The cause of this increase is an extended cat
breeding season because of the world's warming temperatures, according to
the group, which is one of the country's oldest and largest animal welfare
"Cats are typically warm-weather, spring-time
breeders," said the group's president, Kathy Warnick. "However, states that
typically experience primarily longer and colder winters are now seeing shorter,
warmer winters, leading to year-round breeding.
"Basically, there is no longer a reproduction lull
with cat breeding cycles, and unfortunately, it seems more people are bringing
boxes of kittens into our agencies during winter now," she added.
Studies have shown global warming is changing
the breeding seasons of other animals, including migratory birds and
One possible solution to stem the tide of cats is to
make sure pets are spayed or neutered.
"We have long discussed the benefits of spaying and
neutering cats," said Pets Across America Vice President Bob Rhode. "It is
likely that global warming is probably not going to be slowing any time soon,
therefore, it benefits everyone when pet owners take action and spay and neuter