Introducing the Kitten Foster Project

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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.

2 tabby kittens at Adopt & Shop

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?

brown tabby kitten at Adopt & Shop

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.

4 Responses

  1. Rev. Renee T. says:

    I loved fostering, but a few years ago had what may have been the worst experience-helplessness, powerless and then living with remorse. I had 2 cats of my own and a stray that we were looking for a home for when I took my sister’s pregnant cat to foster (they were in a terrible living situation). I’d had this mama cat at our house once years prior during my sister’s move). I’d fostered other before and never had a problem. But, during this pregnancy and after giving birth, this mama became very aggressive and attacked my other cats, so I had to keep her isolated.
    After finding homes for the kittens, mama was still not safe to have around the other cats, and continued to attack my cats and pee in different places. She was so lovey before and such a good mama, but there was no way I could place her in a home and didn’t know how to solve the problem. We put her down in the summer. In the meantime, my little girl, my own little lioness, who had been attacked several times was also becoming aggressive. In addition, it got to the point where I couldn’t have her on my lap or anything because simply moving a foot would cause her to bite or lash out at me. She was so affectionate normally, and used to lie on my chest-but after having my face bitten for simply adjusting a foot or an arm, without warning, I had to avoid her more and more. Then, in the fall, she attacked the stray/foster and I pulled her off of him-and she bit me clear to the bone. I got an infection going up and down my arm from the bite spots and had to have IV antibiotics. As soon as it happened she immediately realized something was wrong and she was so affectionate, but with animal control involved after the ER visit and no resources to help fix the problem, we put her down that week. I haven’t fostered since, as I have to put my own animals first, and the fact is that I don’t have the knowledge or resources to solve these sorts of problems for them. We kept the stray/foster and still have my middle-aged girl. I have to put them first.

    • Annie M says:

      That is terrible Renee, sorry you had that experience. The most important thing to cats is territory and they can react really badly if that gets upset. Do you watch My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet? I have learned a ton about cat behavior from Jackson Galaxy. I don’t think your experience is typical but not unheard of. Sometimes mom cats can get aggressive/protective over their babies especially if they are unsure of territory etc. Sounds like the perfect storm of negative cat emotions, so sorry.

  2. Sally Alcocer says:

    Since I went today to the kitten shower and there weren’t any left, I was put on the waiting list once again. I was told these kittens can me delivered to my home. Can I know more about this service? I was told more kittens would be available Monday. Can you expand on that?

    • Annie M says:

      Hi Sally,
      The Cat Team is contacting all the foster volunteers as new kittens come in. They have all the information you need.