Kitten season has arrived, and that means it's a very busy time for the CHA Animal Shelter on Corporate Drive, according to development director Terri Montigny.

Kitten season has arrived, and that means it's a very busy time for the CHA Animal Shelter on Corporate Drive, according to development director Terri Montigny.

"Each year, the cat mating season from March through November results in a population explosion," she wrote in an e-mail. "Unaltered cats will produce tens of thousands of kittens in just one year, and those new souls are already pouring into the CHA Animal Shelter in northeast Columbus."

To ensure they start their lives healthy and happy and that CHA Animal Shelter personnel have enough supplies to serve them, the nonprofit organization will host the third annual "Kitten Shower" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

Refreshments, games, raffle drawings and visits with the newest arrivals are on tap for the afternoon, which is "sure to tug at your heartstrings," Montigny wrote.

Suggestions include canned and wet kitten food, KMR kitten formula, toys (but nothing with strings), catnip, non-clumping and fragrance-free cat litter and bleach. A complete "wish list" can be found at CHAAnimalShelter.org.

"CHA Animal Shelter goes through a significant quantity of these items in the course of their busiest time of year," Montigny said in her announcement. "You may also contribute financially to help spay and neuter the new arrivals, or join the Paws Pantry, through which supporters shop and stock CHA with everyday essentials."

All of the organization's giving opportunities are available at the website.

Supply drop-off locations are available through June 5. Supplies can be dropped off or purchased at PetPeople stores in Dublin, Gahanna, Westerville, Grandview, Upper Arlington and Pickerington; the CHA Animal Shelter, 3765 Corporate Drive; German Village Veterinary Hospital; Pet Supplies Plus in Upper Arlington; Mutts and Co. in Dublin; Moochie and Co. in Easton; and Pet Palace near the Port Columbus International Airport.

During the shower, CHA will be running "Twice the Love," in which people can adopt two cats or kittens for the adoption fee of one. All the animals up for adoption are spayed or neutered, fully vetted, vaccinated and have a microchip implanted.

CHA, which was founded as Citizens for Humane Action Inc., has been helping homeless animals find new homes in central Ohio since 1975.