Bottles Babies program is flourishing
Animal Humane Society’s Bottle Babies program took off in 2014, providing critical care services to nearly 130 neonatal kittens. Of the 128 kittens that qualified for the program this year, 121 found placement with our foster volunteers. Seven more were transferred to Angel of Hope Animal Rescue, a rescue partner that was our only resource for these fragile kittens prior to the Bottle Babies program.
This inspiring program relies on a cadre of volunteers who are willing to foster these tiny kittens in their homes, a significant commitment of time and effort as the kittens must be fed as often as every two hours. This year, 27 volunteers fostered neonatal kittens in their homes, and the number of volunteers who attended the Bottle Babies training increased 53%.
“The volunteers are fantastic; they love helping these kittens and really enjoy seeing them develop from little creatures that need so much time, attention and care, to rambunctious active kittens ready to find their new homes,” said Kelly Anderson, AHS foster coordinator.
If you are interested in learning more and volunteering with Bottle Babies next season, visit www.animalhumanesociety.org/volunteer.
Special thanks to the volunteer committee and employees at the Target headquarters in Minneapolis for their incredible support and funding of the kits for the 2014 Bottle Babies season. This spring, Target held a volunteer day where 135 employees helped put together 20 bottle baby kits, decorated ping pong balls for feline stimulation, and made over 300 fleece blankets for the kits and for our in-shelter cats and kittens.