Helping Kittens in the Time of COVID-19

In response to Shelter in Place orders, animal shelters throughout the country worked to adapt to a new way of helping animals without congregating. With kitten season (our busiest time of year) upon us, we were more than a little worried about managing the approximately 2,000 kittens we receive each year that are too young for adoption and require foster care. We were confident that our community would step forward to care for them, but finding them enough homes when they return to our care has always been a struggle. With the limitation on people allowed to visit the shelter, how would we possibly find homes for these kitties? 

This is where YOU come in! We have always known that being with mom is the best thing for kittens and for the last couple of years, we have been asking that if you find a kitten, you leave ‘em sittin’. Inevitably though, well-intentioned finders would scoop litters up and bring them to us, assuming they have been abandoned and that they were best served at the shelter. This time around we really need your help in keeping them in place, where they are more likely to thrive. If the mother cat is not present, monitor for a few hours before taking action. If the kittens have round, full bellies it is unlikely that they have been abandoned and should be left with mom. 

Once the kittens reach 6 weeks old is the ideal time to round them (and mom) up to get them spayed and neutered. This is where we can help! You can contact us to borrow a cat trap and to get the family fixed, microchipped so that they can be rehomed or re-released (depending on if they are friendly and sociable). Adult cats, friendly or not, should be spayed or neutered and left in place as it is more likely than not that they have homes or caretakers in the area.

human intervention, we are asking that finders help with raising and re-homing them. In cases where this is absolutely not possible, we are relying on our fosters now more than ever to help keep these babies out of the shelter. We have always loved fosters who find network to find homes for the kittens they raise, but no so we need them to. The model of institutionalizing pets, especially this very vulnerable group, will not work right now. With that, we are eternally grateful for our team of dedicated fosters who are finding their fur babies furever homes.

We already ask our fosters to open their homes and their hearts to help give orphaned kittens a chance at life. This is no easy feat. Keeping these little nuggets alive requires around the clock care, including feeding, pottying, socializing, providing them with unconditional love and being a light sleeper with supersonic hearing in order to hear hangry meows at 2 A.M.

Now dedicated fosters like Tiffany Hoiberg are taking a part in using their social media contacts to promote the adoption of their foster babies so that the only time they set paw in the shelter is for spay/neuter and other veterinary care. In addition to the love and care our fosters provide, they are now going above and beyond in aiding our shelter by being adoption ambassadors. Kittens are being placed in adoptive homes so that they are not subjected to the stressors of shelter life. Kittens can transition from foster home to new adoptive home with ease! Tiffany posted these heartwarming photos of her fosters on her Instagram account and has done an amazing job in helping every litter lucky enough to be in her care. Do you love cuddling kittens and think that you might be able to help find homes for a group of furbabies? Sign up to join our foster team TODAY!​

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