Volunteers care for pets needing time to heal or grow
After a long, harsh winter… spring is finally in the air! And with spring, the staff at the Kentucky Humane Society knows that kittens soon follow.
“Spring is the start of ‘kitten season,’ the time of year when the majority of kittens are born,” explains Kristin Seaman, KHS animal care manager. “We usually see hundreds of tiny kittens needing our care starting in early spring through the summer months.”
To gear up for all these little ones, KHS held a Kitten Shower in mid-March to collect items needed to foster kittens. Kitten supporters by the dozens came out to donate much-needed items such as KMR (kitten milk replacer), bottles, heating pads, soft food, litter and toys. In all, more than $1,000 worth of supplies was donated, enough to care for 15 litters of kittens. Shower attendees also learned the ins and outs of foster care from people who live it on a regular basis.
The supplies will be used by KHS foster caregivers, who provide loving, temporary homes. Some kittens need just a few weeks in a home to be socialized and grow, while others need round-the-clock feeding and care. KHS foster caregivers work tirelessly to provide loving homes for these kittens while they grow old enough to be spayed or neutered and then adopted.
What is Foster Care?
Each year KHS takes in more than 1,000 pets who need a little time in a home before they can be adopted. Typically pets need temporary homes because they are too young to be spayed/neutered and adopted, or they are recovering from illness, injury or surgery.
Foster caregivers help KHS “expand our shelter walls” by providing a temporary home to these needy animals. They are also the animal’s biggest cheerleaders! Many foster families help find loving homes for the animals in their care.
We Need You
KHS is always looking for more foster caregivers. Caregivers choose when and who they foster. Some foster one litter a year. Others always have a foster pet at home. We are grateful to each and every foster caregiver working with us.
If you are interested in being a foster caregiver, visit kyhumane.org to learn more or contact our Foster Coordinator at [email protected]
The Solution: Spay and Neuter
As cute as kittens are, our region has a cat overpopulation problem. To help, KHS provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries at our donor-supported S.N.I.P. Clinic. In 2013 the clinic spayed or neutered almost 6,200 cats and 4,200 dogs. These surgeries help end suffering by ensuring fewer unwanted pets are born.
If you have an unaltered pet at home or know someone who does, visit www.kyhumane.org/snip or call (502) 636-FIX1 to schedule an appointment.