KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the end of winter in sight, a new season is on the horizon. It's not just spring though. Kitten season is right around the corner.
From early spring to early fall, local animal shelters see an influx of kittens – often receiving multiple litters a day. The shelters don’t have room for them all, so they look to foster homes for help.
“This program is critical to our life-saving efforts here in Kansas City,” said Tori Fugate, with KC Pet Project. “These kittens, when they come in, they are susceptible to illness a lot more than adult cats. We try to get them out of the shelter as quick as possible.”
Fugate said foster home programs help give kittens a fighting chance.
“There are some shelters across the nation that don’t have programs like this,” said Fugate. “In Kansas City, we’re really proud of the fact that we do have this program.”
Fugate said over 1,400 cats and kittens were fostered last year. Foster homes help give the kittens and their momma cats personalized attention that cannot be adequately provided in shelter environments.
“It’s a huge need,” she said. “And it’s a wonderful opportunity.
KC Pet Project has a foster home orientation seminar coming up to cover the different opportunities available to anyone interested to opening their homes to some kittens.
- Pregnant moms - Nursing moms
- Bottle babies
- Kittens, ages 0-3 weeks (feeding and health)
- Kittens, ages 3-6 weeks (feeding, socialization, health)
- Kittens, ages 6-8 weeks (feeding and socialization)
- Common medical questions
The next orientation will be held at KC Pet Project’s Canine Resource Center at 6425 Stadium Drive in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.