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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Will Open Newly Expanded Kitten Nursery on June 26, 2017

June 22, 2017

Media Contact: Cara MacVane 561.685.2342

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Will Open Newly Expanded Kitten Nursery on June 26, 2017

West Palm Beach, FL (June 23, 2017) – Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League opened their Neonatal Kitten Nursery last summer in a revolutionary approach to saving lives of more newborn kittens that require 24-hour care to survive.  Peggy Adams is pleased to announce that they will expand the Kitten Nursery June 26, 2017, to accommodate even more kittens in Palm Beach County needing this type of care.

The concept for the nursery came during last year’s incredibly busy kitten season. When kittens are brought into the shelter, often only hours old, the League previously had to rely on the help from foster families to care for the kittens that required around-the-clock care and feeding and its kitten season again in South Florida so there’s a very good chance of discovering newborn kittens outside. According to Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, “the kittens’ lives depend on what you do next.”

“First, when you see newborn kittens, resist the urge to take them to a shelter. That is actually the last thing you should do.  Kittens less than four weeks old have little chance of survival if separated from their mothers and taken to a shelter. In fact, cats and kittens are the most at-risk animals for euthanasia in Palm Beach County. Most discoveries of newborn kittens don’t call for human assistance. No intervention is generally best until kittens can eat on their own. So, before scooping them up, please remember the phrase “Mother Knows Best.”” Anderson added. (To learn more about “Mother Knows Best” and helpful information on what to do if you find kittens, please visit PeggyAdams.org/found-kittens-resources.)

Many neonate kittens still end up at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.  After receiving critical care in the Kitten Nursery, they are placed with the over 200 foster families who are currently assisting the League to get these kittens ready for adoption to their forever family.  Even with over 200 families, more temporary foster homes are needed to help save the lives of kittens that arrive at Peggy Adams each day.  Rich Anderson Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League says, “Fostering is rewarding – and incredibly important.  Adopting a shelter animal is wonderful but when you become a foster volunteer you are helping to save multiple lives.” 

With the expansion of the Kitten Nursery, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League now has additional space for the most at-risk orphans. The nursery, which can now hold up to 80 kittens at any given time, is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week by employees of Peggy Adams as well as dedicated volunteers – all specially trained in bottle-feeding and the unique care that is involved in nurturing neonates. Anderson continues with, “We are so fortunate to have the support of this community; our donors and our volunteers, who help make all that we do possible. This expansion of the Kitten Nursery will cost in excess of $200,000 but it’s something we felt we had to do to save more lives.  We are hopeful the community will help support this lifesaving effort.”

The nursery at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will save the lives of hundreds of kittens and will help achieve the goals of Palm Beach County’s Countdown 2 Zero initiative; with a goal of saving the lives of all adoptable pets in Palm Beach County. 

For more information about the Kitten Nursery or fostering, please visit PeggyAdams.org or call 561.686.3663.

About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. For more information, visit www.PeggyAdams.org.

The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.

COUNTDOWN 2 ZERO INITIATIVE

All programs at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League support the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) initiative and its goal of saving all adoptable animals in Palm Beach County.  C2Z was launched by Peggy Adams in 2014 in partnership with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (PBCACC).  As part of the C2Z effort, Peggy Adams and PBCACC host the Annual Countdown 2 Zero Mega-Adoption Event which brings together more than 30 local rescue groups and features more than 500 adoptable animals.  The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  For more information, please visit Countdown2Zero.org.

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