Kitten season is here: how you can help
Kittens have arrived and they need your help! In the summer months, thousands of homeless kittens fill the city’s shelters. PAWS is committed to helping them, but our ability to save more lives depends on foster parents who open their homes.
Become a foster parent and join the effort to save lives!
Fosters are needed for:
- mother cats with nursing kittens: These litters are the easiest to foster because Mom does all the work! Foster commitment of anywhere from 3-16 weeks, until the kittens are big enough for spay/neuter and adoption.
- orphaned kittens: These young kittens are generally old enough to eat on their own and need foster care until they are big enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted out. Kittens are sent into foster care in pairs or groups of three. Average commitment of 6-12 weeks.
- ailing kittens: many shelter kittens suffer from upper respiratory and eye infections, which are easily treatable in a home setting with a round of medications. PAWS provides needed medications, which are easy to administer. Kittens are sent into foster care in pairs or groups of three. Average commitment of 6-12 weeks.
- lactating mother cats without kittens: Their kittens have been weaned and have gone on to adoptive or foster homes. These cats need a brief foster period of 2-4 weeks until they are no longer producing milk and can come back for spay and adoption.
Let us know your circumstances and available time frame; we will identify a cat or litter who will be a perfect fit!
- medical care
- resources and assistance to help find adoptive matches, if needed
- guidance and support from staff
Fosters are responsible for:
- providing daily care and TLC until your fosters find their permanent homes.
- providing food, litter, and supplies (if you need help with supplies, let us know and we can try to help based on what donated items we have available)
- bringing fosters to PAWS’ clinic for needed care, vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgery.
- promoting your fosters for adoption among your own circles to help find them homes.
Can’t foster? Make a donation of funds or supplies. Here are some items we need most:
- Cat carriers
- Wire folding crates – all sizes
- Fleece blankets
- KMR kitten formula
- Canned kitten food (especially Royal Canin BabyCat brand)
- Bottles (specifically for kitten feeding)
- Electric heating pads
- Round cat beds
- Clay, non-clumping litter
- Litter pans
All the kittens pictured above were rescued by PAWS and cared for in foster homes. Photos by Jeannine D.