Kitten season is that time of year when winter turns to spring and baby kittens are born. Unfortunately, it’s not as cute and magical as it sounds because many of these tiny creatures will find their way into an animal shelter. Because most shelters do not have the human power or financial resources to care for these little ones, they are often euthanized within hours of intake if no foster is found. As popular as cats and kittens are on the internet nowadays, ironically, they are still among the most euthanized groups in animal shelters.
The good news is that Kitten Foster programs and Kitten Nurseries are popping up all over the country to try to make an impact on this population, including in our own Found Animals’ backyard. The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is launching its first, full-year Kitten Foster Project in May of 2014. Folks interested in fostering can complete an online application starting now, attend an orientation and participate in an e-training before receiving their first batch of kittens.
We require a minimum commitment of 2 weeks for fostering kittens, and we supply you with everything you need for the first few days. Basic foster duties include feeding, cleaning and socializing your kitten so that it grows up to be the best kitten citizen it can be!
Fostering is a great way to save an animal’s life without the commitment of adoption. Because our program capacity is dependent on the number of foster families we have available at a given time, when you foster, you are making an immediate impact.
With the help of Adopt & Shop, we hope to pull more than 1,000 kittens from local shelters within our first year of operation. The Kitten Foster Project will continually be in need of donated supplies, which can be purchased from our Amazon Wish List and donated directly. There is a wide range of items that will make a HUGE difference for the kittens, no matter the dollar amount. So if you can’t foster or adopt, why not help by donating an item or two from the Wish List?
For more information about fostering kittens, or to check out the Adopt & Shop where they will eventually be placed into their forever homes, visit our kitten foster FAQ page.
Are you fostering kittens this year? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.