Foster Parents Needed for Unwanted Kittens
(PHOENIX – June 04) One of primary objectives of the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) is to increase the foster membership of individuals wanting to participate in the process of caring for abandoned neonatal kittens. Neonatal kittens are from birth to three weeks of age and rely completely on their mother cat for warmth and nutrition. Our hope is to reduce the numbers of abandoned neonatal kittens that die from lack of care. The practice of turning fragile neonates into healthy adoptable kittens is often difficult and time consuming, but the experience is both educational and extremely rewarding.
"We are looking for special people with a special love of animals to volunteer their time to assist these abandon kittens," said Maricopa County Supervisors’ Chairman Max Wilson. "Their care and efforts can help turn these helpless kittens into healthy adoptable pets."
Neonatal kittens need to be fed through a bottle, a tube or with an eyedropper. Foster homes wanting to take on this life-saving task would be trained in how to feed these little animals.
MC ACC Foster and New Hope staff offers 101 training for bottle feeding and are willing to work with fosters one on one. MCACC will provide all the necessary materials to care for neonatal kittens: nursing bottles, kitten formula, heating pads, and other necessary items.
Interested fosters are recommended to send an email to our contact with the Alternative Placement Department, Duanne Wilster. Her email is DWilster@mail.maricopa.gov.
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