Bringing a Major Challenge to Our Region

Last year, San Diego Humane Society saved the lives of nearly 5,000 kittens, most of them newborn, orphaned kittens. The Kitten Nursery, which opened in 2009 as the first of its kind in the nation, has cared for more than 13,000 kittens since that day.

SDHS has already taken in more than 800 kittens this season. Each year we scale what we call “Kitten Mountain.” Typically it runs March through November because this is the time when unaltered cats reproduce, especially free-roaming community cats. During this time, thousands of kittens are born and literally inundate San Diego animal shelters. As part of our pledge to never euthanize healthy or treatable animals, we are committed to giving every single one of these fragile kittens the specialized care they need to survive.

But we can’t do it alone.To effectively help all of these kittens each year, we need the community’s help to foster these babies. Animal-lovers can make a difference by temporarily opening their homes as foster volunteers for kittens and other shelter animals.

It takes an extraordinary person to offer animals a temporary home so they can begin their new lives. But by doing this, foster volunteers significantly expand our shelter’s capacity to take in more animals in immediate need of care. SDHS makes it as easy as possible for you by providing all training, supplies and all medical care. Last year, 672 foster volunteers helped save more than 3,400 animals. We hope you will consider being a part of our lifesaving team this year – here’s how: http://www.sdhumane.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/foster-an-animal/

How else can you can help make an impact? If you find a litter of kittens without their mother, wait and watch for her to come back before scooping up the kittens. Often, well-intentioned people end up orphaning kittens when they try to help. When kittens are alone, most of the time their mom is coming right back. Instead of taking them, try to get the mama cat as well and bring the whole family to us or foster them in your home. Moms are best at caring for their young. And then SDHS can spay the mom so she doesn’t keep having litters. You can always call San Diego Humane Society at 619-299-7012 if you have any questions.