At the end of the eight weeks, the kittens are returned to the shelter for adoption. But foster parents can adopt their charges if they choose, she added. The $60 adoption package includes either a spaying or neutering procedure, a microchip implantation, vaccinations, deworming and a prescription flea ointment. If the kitten is over four weeks old, it also receives a rabies shot at no extra cost, shelter officials said. “We look to get them out of here as quickly as possible, because the longer they’re here, the more likely they are to get sick,” Hernandez said. Miller said community outreach programs such as off-site adoption clinics and constant advertising have helped increase cat adoptions in recent years. “We’ve reduced the euthanasia rates in part because of these types of programs,” Miller said. “We try to make people aware. It helps if we can get people in here. When you see those eyes looking up at you, if you have any heart at all, you’ll want to save them.” Anyone interested in providing foster care for a kitten can call (562) 803-3301, Ext. 223. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Every year, it seems, the number of stray kitties climbs, said Charles Miller, SEAACA’s assistant director. “Kitten season is expanding largely because of irresponsible pet owners,” he said. “We end up with a huge intake of stray animals with litters or who are abandoned, with no people to adopt them.” At the height of kitten season, SEAACA’s shelter can have as many as 150 unwanted kittens and cats, officials said. The shelter’s fostering program is a temporary commitment of about seven to eight weeks, about the time it takes for the baby felines to be able to eat on their own, officials said. Foster families are provided with kitten formula and any veterinarian care needed prior to weaning, said Vicky Hernandez, an animal technician at the shelter. DOWNEY – Never heard of “kitten season?” You might be ankle-deep in it in the next few weeks. Unless sterilized, female cats go into heat in the winter. If they get pregnant, their litters are born in early spring. Hundreds of litters. So many, in fact, that officials from the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey are looking for volunteer “foster parents” to care for the hundreds of abandoned kittens they expect to turn up at the shelter over the next few weeks and months.