The shelter is accepting Purina wet and dry kitten food, kitten powdered milk formula, scoopable litter and litter boxes, kitten baby bottles, baby blankets, turkey or chicken baby food, heating pads, pet toys, and cat carriers. These items will be given to foster volunteers who nurse kittens through the most difficult time in their young lives-the first eight weeks.
“Just like every spring, the shelter will inevitably take in dozens of newborn kittens picked up by well-meaning residents, and we will do everything in our power to save them with the help of volunteers,” said Beth Brewster, Interim Shelter Manager. “However, we encourage citizens not to take kittens from the care of their mother and rest assured that momma knows best in how to care for her young. Don’t assume kittens are abandoned. Often the mother is nearby, and we know that the kittens have the best chance of survival if they remain with her until they are weaned.
However, for kittens who are abandoned, the shelter is offering volunteer training-along with the supplies needed to help them get up to 2 pounds and 8 weeks- when they can be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped and adopted. During this transition period, kittens are easily cared for and can be housed in a spare room, laundry room or even a bathroom, before they are returned to the shelter to find their forever homes.
To make room for incoming kittens, the SBPAC is offering free ADULT cat adoptions in the month of June. This includes spaying/neutering, all shots and rabies tag. Also, kitten adoptions are $25. This includes spaying/neutering, and up to date shots. The Animal Shelter also offers free spaying and neutering of community cats. For more information on this program or to become a foster for kittens, call 504-278-1534.