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There are over 1,000 kittens at risk of euthanasia 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 formula, medications, staff, and all the needs to keep this fragile population alive. We are taking in litters of kittens every day, but need your help to save them all!

There is a way for everyone to help

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. These kittens are at serious risk of being euthanized because neither the shelter, nor other groups in the community can provide the intensive care they need to survive. Our Neo-natal nursery runs 24 hours a day from April 1st- November 1st. Dependent on a group of dedicated staff and volunteers, the kittens are fed and weighed every few hours and kept in a highly isolated and quarantined area with strict and rigorous sanitation protocols to help protect these fragile and unvaccinated babies.

Foster

Our Neonatal Program is completely dependent on people in the community (YOU!) willing to open their homes and spare bathrooms to these orphaned kittens. Space is limited in our nursery 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!

Here are the different types of kittens needing a foster home:

Bottle baby kittens – These kittens are fed from a bottle and are about 0-4wks of age. They need fed around the clock every few hours so are best for folks that work from home, stay at home moms/dads, retired people, or others that can make that kind of commitment.

Gruel kittens – These are kittens that are 4-5wks old and are learning to eat wet food on their own, they need fed about every 5-6 hours so work well for people that can come home during their lunch break or work from home etc.

Weaned kittens – These guys need care like a normal kitty so anyone can care for them so long as you have a spare bathroom or bedroom for them to hang out in!

Moms with babies – All that these special ladies need is a little extra monitoring and support. Sometimes fostering moms with babies is the most rewarding experience because the moms take such good care of their sweet little kitties.

Fosters are required to supply basics like food, litter, toys, blankets, etc. SAPA provides all medical care for foster cats and kittens through our Marbach Clinic that is open 7 days a week. If you are interested in becoming a kitten foster, please contact us at kittenfoster@sanantoniopetsalive.org or complete our foster application today!

Volunteer

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 Volunteer@sanantoniopetsalive.org and be sure to complete the volunteer application.

Donate

Caring for orphaned kittens is very costly and requires specialized supplies to keep them healthy and allow them to grow. Please donate here or check out our Amazon wish list.

Resources

Fading Kitten Syndrome

Contact Us

Kitten Fostering Inquiries: kittenfoster@sanantoniopetsalive.org