We’re gearing up for Kitten Season to begin April 2014!
There are over 1,000 kittens at risk of getting killed every year that SAPA! tries to save through our neonatal program. To do that, we need a huge amount of help from the community in the form of volunteers to help feed kittens in our nursery, fosters to care for kittens in their homes, and donations to cover the costs of kitten milk, medications, staff, and all the needs to keep this fragile population alive. Right now we are preparing for kitten season by remodeling our nursery to make it as effective as possible to save as many kittens as possible, and are in need of supplies to help us achieve our goal!
The Neonatal Kitten Program is a creative approach to saving an entire class of especially fragile, homeless animals. The program targets orphaned, un-weaned kittens fated for euthanasia at San Antonio’s Animal Care Services(ACS).
Each year, especially during the breeding season, which spans from March to October, ACS and local rescues are overwhelmed with orphaned kittens. Nearly ALL of these kittens are euthanized because neither the shelter, nor other groups in the community can provide the intensive care they need to survive.
There are over a thousand kittens at risk of getting killed every year that SAPA tries to save through our neonatal program. To do that, we need a huge amount of help from the community in the form of volunteers to help feed kittens in our nursery, fosters to care for kittens in their homes, and donations to cover the costs of kitten milk, medications, staff, and all the needs to keep this fragile population alive.
Our Neonatal Program is completely dependent on people in the community (YOU!) willing to open their homes and spare bathrooms to these orphaned kittens. We have an onsite nursery that rescues kittens from being euthanised at the shelter and houses them for a few days to stabilize them and get them ready to move into foster care. But they can’t live in the nursery longer than a couple days because space is very limited and kittens do MUCH better in a foster home. Baby bottle feeding requires dedication and time, but knowing that you are saving an orphan’s life is a very rewarding experience! If you are interested in becoming a bottle baby kitten foster, please contact us at kittenfoster@
Our Neonatal Kitten Nursery is almost completely volunteer-run and we are always looking to grow our team! All volunteer feeders are required to attend volunteer training and commit at least two hours every week. Because these baby kittens need to eat every 2-3 hours, our nursery is open 24/7 and volunteers work on a committed schedule to ensure every kitten is fed day and night. Our volunteer feeder program is a great way to get involved and help save lives if you are unable to foster. Without our volunteer feeders, this program would not be successful! If you are interested in volunteering as a feeder, please contact us to learn more at
Fading Kitten Syndrome
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm
*Open mid-March thru mid-October