Friday, April 15, 2016

Kitten Season Has Begun....

This Just In At Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center....

Spring brings us to the beginning of kitten season. This is just one of the many "bottle baby" litters we expect to have this season. While it's great to be able to give everyone a sneak peak at some of the kittens to soon be available. There's more reasons to write to you.

"Bottle babies" are very common in rescue. It means the kittens are found without the mother or for specific reasons can not be breast feed from the mama cat. The staff here will take on the challenge no matter how young the kittens are. However, a lot of work goes into caring for these newborns and a lot of resources.

Bottle babies depending on age need to be bottle fed anywhere from every 2 hours to every 4 hours until they begin eating kitten chow on their own. This means someone needs to be with them 24/7 for up to 5-6 weeks depending on their age. Also, they need someone to help them go to the bathroom because at this age they need stimulation to do so (a warm damp washcloth or paper towel on the butt). At the same time, they need to be kept in a clean area where they can't come into contact with another animal as their immune system is still being developed. Lastly and most importantly, these kittens need interaction, love, attention, someone to play with them and hold them, socialization.

Each litter that comes in is quickly checked, medically treated (if possible), cleaned, and sent right out into foster care. Besides occasional checkups we won't see these kittens again until they are ready to go up for adoption. A Foster Care person, is someone who works with the shelter and brings these kittens into their home promising to care for them until their old enough to come back to the shelter and go into the kitten adoption room. Little Shelter provides the "Foster Parent" with everything they will need to take care of the kittens. Some of these items include:
  • Beds
  • Cages
  • Kitten Formula
  • Kitten Food
  • Towels
  • Toys
  • Medicine (If Applicable)
 Usually when a Foster Parent takes on a litter, we try to line them up with kittens that match their level of experience. A new Foster Parent will usually start off with older kittens who are already eating on their own and work towards handling the younger bottle babies. However, this leaves us with two problems. Even though many Fosters double up and take more than one litter, their are still many more kittens in need of rescue than the number of fosters we have available to help care for them. The other problem is we really need donations to help care for these kittens, as you can see by the list of just some of the supplies needed.

Please consider donating to help the fight against overpopulation today. If you can donate any of the items on the list, or make a donation through our website. Click Here Anything you can contribute does make a difference.
If you want to get involved, call our Cattery for find out more about becoming a Foster Parent for Little Shelter's kittens. The more Foster Parents we have, the more kittens we can rescue. The season is just getting started, call today and join our Foster Family. (631-368-8770 et.32)

Being a Foster Parent has so many rewards, between knowing that because of you these lives have been saved, to the love of a kitten as it cries for your attention. If you have never fostered, it is truly one of the most rewarding experiences in life. You will constantly be amazed with each individual kitten, their different personalities and how they develop. Plus raising a bottle baby to the time it's old enough to run around and play is just a marvel in itself. I started in animal rescue as a Foster Parent, so I'm speaking from my own personal experiences. Till next time.


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33 Warner Rd
Huntington, NY 11743

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