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As the Cat Community Multiplies in Palm Beach County,
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Develops More Fosters and Expands Their Kitten Nursery
West Palm Beach, FL- (May 4, 2017) Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League opened their Kitten Nursery last summer in a revolutionary approach to saving lives of more newborn kittens that require 24-hour care to survive. The League is pleased to announce that they will expand the Kitten Nursery this June to accommodate the increasing number of kittens in Palm Beach County needing this type of care.
Kitten season is about to start in South Florida and 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.)
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. Even with 200 foster families currently assisting the League, they needed more help to reach a higher survival rate. Anderson says, “Fostering is rewarding because you are literally saving lives while preparing pets for their forever homes.”
With the expansion of the Kitten Nursery, the 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 the League as well as dedicated volunteers – all specially trained in bottle-feeding and the unique care that is involved in nurturing neonates.
The nursery at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will save the lives of hundreds of kittens as part of the Countdown 2 Zero program to save the lives of all adoptable pets in Palm Beach County.
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.
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.