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Kitten season is in full swing at Multnomah Co. Animal Services, plenty need care, homes

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Summertime is peak kitten season for Multnomah County Animal Services and that means double the work for their feline team. Kittens and their mothers fill the kennels, even spilling over into a spare trailer. 

Tuesday are "Kitten Triage Tuesdays" at the shelter and they give anyone with a Facebook account an inside look at the ins and outs of kitten care. 

Jackie Vitron is an animal care technician for MCAS and she's in charge of giving each kitten their health exam when they arrive: "We're looking for discharge in the eyes and nose. We're looking for ulcers inside the mouth. We're checking out their hair for any missing patches. We're checking for an umbilical cord. And we're checking if it's a boy or a girl."

Some kittens are quite healthy and ready for foster homes or adoption, but others require more help. "They get lethargic," Vitron explains, "goopy eyes, if it's gotten bad enough it causes some respiratory issues."

When kittens arrive in bad shape, Vitron's shift turns into a 24-hour one, "I have no life," she told FOX 12. "My life consists of coming to work dealing with kittens and the worst of the worst they come home with me."

It's rewarding work for Vitron. Most of the time her sick kittens recover and are healthy enough for adoption in a few weeks. 

To see pets available for adoption at MCAS, visit MultCoPets.org/Adoptable

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