From the Foster Team,
We’re Expecting . . . Kittens!
Here at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, we take in thousands of homeless animals each year. Many of them are surrendered to us too young, too sick, or too scared to go up for adoption right away. So what happens to them? They go into our foster program to grow, heal, and learn to trust.
Throughout the year, volunteer foster families care for a wide variety of needy animals in their homes. We foster all types of animals – birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, cats, dogs, kittens and puppies – if it needs a foster home will be try and find one for it. But the majority of the animals that go into are foster program are mother cats and kittens.
In New England, female cats breed almost exclusively in the warmer months and in the animal care world, the this time of year is often referred to as “Kitten Season”. Unfortunately, many of the kittens born during kitten season are from stray or feral mom cats or the unwanted litter of an owned cat, and too many of those kittens end up in shelters across the country.
The MSPCA at Nevins Farms takes in hundreds of kitten each year. Almost every day during kitten season we take in kittens that are too young for adoption. These kittens will need care in a foster home until they are ready for adoption. In fact, as I write this blog, the staff has taken in a little 3 week old orphaned kitten that will need to be hand fed around the clock for a while. And while we, and our volunteer foster families, are happy to care for these little one, the cost of their specialized care adds up quickly.
Since we are a non-profit who relies entirely on private donations (we receive no state of federal funding), giving this large number of kittens the care they deserve puts a strain on our resources at a time of the year where adult cat surrenders are also at a high.
So we are holding a “Kitten Shower” to help raise the money needed for the foster program to purchase vital supplies such as:
• Bottles, kitten formula and heating disks to keep orphaned kittens fed and warm.
• Food scales, thermometers, and blankets to care for sick kittens.
• Toys, cat beds, litter and canned cat food to help a mother cat raise her litter.
As an MSPCA at Nevins Farms foster parent, there is nothing more satisfying that seeing a young weak, sickly foster grow into a healthy animal who is happily settled into a forever home. With each new baby I take home I am so grateful for the generosity of the public whose donations make each happy ending possible. Please make a donation today by clicking on the following link: Support the Foster Program
For those of you who like to do your own shopping, our wish list is available here: Foster Wish List on Amazon