I think we’ve all enjoyed the recent kitten posts. Watching them grow from tiny nuggets up to healthy, happy kittens that have gone on to their new lives.
Most shelters are seeing record high numbers. Our local shelter, Pima County Animal in Tucson AZ is beyond full. Zero room at shelter, all foster homes at capacity. They are looking at having to begin to euthanize, which is devastating to all.
Fostering is so rewarding. I foster kittens or mamas with babies. It’s very hard work. They are not usually well cared for, which means illness. Nothing grosser than 4-5 kittens with the screaming runs. But watching them heal and start playing…nothing more heart warming. I’ve lost a couple. Nothing more heartbreaking.
Start off easy. Get 2 or 3 that are eating on their own and just need to grow a bit. Slowly work your way, with experience and knowledge, to those that are ill and need meds, etc.
You don’t have to have a fancy setup. Just a safe, clean, appropriate area. I did turn a bedroom into a kitten room. Vinyl is so much easier to clean and sanitize.
I “foster failed” with the two girls, orange and dilute calico. (And renamed them) But I’ve fostered around 160, and only kept 4. I figure that’s not bad LOL
Contact your local shelter and see how you can help!