The cute little kitten in our photos is named Ducky and he is very lucky because he was saved from being taken into the shelter right at their front door. Kittens are precious and adorable, but they are also the most vulnerable and have the highest risk of being killed when they go into shelters, because they require medical care and a lot of time for feeding and care.
Stray Cat Alliance started a project called Safe-At-Home in 2016 that is focused on saving vulnerable little kittens from going into shelters, with the cooperation and support of the shelter. Here is what happens:
1. Our Community Engagement Counselors intercept people taking cats into the shelter and get them into foster care.
2. The Engagement Counselor teaches community fosters how to bottle feed and express unweaned kittens, weigh and medicate them, and all cleanliness protocols until kittens reach the age for adoption.
3. We give our fosters kitten formula, bottles, kitten food and any necessary supplies to ensure that the kittens will be healthy for adoption.
4. We also provide for veterinary care, treatments and vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and post- surgical care for all the Safe-At-Home kittens.
5. When they are healthy and ready for adoption, we work with the fosters in the adoption process
In 2016 we saved 374 kittens through Safe-At-Home. In 2017, we saved 564 kittens and in 2018, we hope to save at least 600+ kittens through Safe-At-Home.
The Saving Pets Challenge is critical to supporting the Safe-At-Home project and saving more kittens desperately in need of help. Together, with your help, we can ensure that they are safe and healthy and in a home where they are treasured. Every Cat Deserves To Be Safe-At-Home!