By guest blogger Alison Levine, Director of Communications, Bucks County SPCA
Why foster kittens?
Every spring and summer, hundreds of kittens arrive at our shelter doors. We refer to this as “kitten season.” We place kittens under 10 weeks of age in foster care, where they can learn about living with a family, and their immune systems have a chance to develop before returning to the shelter to find their forever homes. By fostering one or several kittens, you are giving them the best chance at a long, happy and healthy life.
What does fostering a kitten involve?
As a foster to one or more kittens, you provide a calm nurturing environment where the kittens can flourish and become well socialized. We’ll provide you with the necessary cat supplies and cover the cost of food and other necessities. Cats and kittens come to the Bucks County SPCA at scheduled intervals for routine vaccines and deworming. Whenever possible, cats and kittens will be tested for feline leukemia before being fostered.
Whether you love cats or can only offer a temporary commitment, being part of a foster program is a wonderful way to provide love and care when the kittens really need it. And in return, you’ll get weeks of cute buzz-y purrs, soft kneading paws and heart-melting gazes from your foster kittens.
Simply give your local shelter a call: 215.794.7425 for the Lahaska shelter or 267.347.4674 for Upper Bucks and ask about fostering kittens.
Can I still help if I can’t be a foster parent to a kitten or cat waiting for a forever family?
Absolutely! Please consider donating an item from our Kitten Season Wish List:
- Canned kitten/cat food (pate style preferred)
- Dry kitten food
- Non-clumping litter
- KMR milk replacement powder
- Kitten nursing bottles
- Small cat beds
- Fleece baby blankets
- Cat toys
- Small stainless steel bowls
- Shallow litter boxes
- Pet store gift cards