Kitten Season is Here! Nearly 200 Kittens Enter the Kitten Nursery at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Since March. Foster Homes Needed!
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s Neonatal Kitten Nursery is the only one of its kind in South Florida and is bustling with activity this kitten season! Since March 19, 2019, Peggy Adams has received 192 neonatal kittens which are newborns up to 4 weeks old. Year-to-date, Peggy Adams has admitted 937 kittens into their program from 0-5 months old and hundreds more will be on their way! The League is looking for additional temporary foster homes to help assist with the care of these kittens.
Many neonatal kittens are brought to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League every day because they have been separated from their mother. After receiving critical care in the Kitten Nursery (which can hold up to 80 kittens at any given time and is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week), they are placed with the over 500 foster families who are currently assisting the League to nurture these kittens until they are old enough for adoption to their forever family. Even with over 500 families, more temporary foster homes are desperately needed to 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 because you save the lives of the animals you foster, and you make space in our shelter to take in more homeless pets.”
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League opened their Neonatal Kitten Nursery in 2016 in a revolutionary approach to saving lives of more newborn kittens that require 24-hour care to survive. In 2017, Peggy Adams expanded the Kitten Nursery to accommodate even more kittens in Palm Beach County needing this type of care. So far this year, the Kitten Nursery is thriving, and it looks to be another busy kitten season. The community should be aware of some important information if they see kittens this time of year.
Kittens less than four weeks old have little chance of survival if separated from their mothers. 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. For more information on what to do if you have found kittens, please visit PeggyAdams.org/Found-Kitten-Resources
Peggy Adams is also in need of foster volunteers. A Foster Parent provides a temporary home for an animal(s) until they are ready for adoption or for a period of time. Foster parents provide a safe place for animals to thrive and grow. Peggy Adams provides all the supplies and community service hours are available for fostering. For more information, please visit PeggyAdams.org/Foster or call 561-686-3663.
Since its inception, the Neonatal Kitten Nursery at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has saved the lives of over 1,000 kittens and continues to help achieve the goals of Palm Beach County’s Countdown 2 Zero initiative to save the lives of all adoptable pets in Palm Beach County. To inquire about volunteering in the Kitten Nursery, please visit PeggyAdams.org/Future-Volunteers and for career opportunities, please visit PeggyAdams.org/Career-Opportunities
About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County and provides critical services to more than 30,000 animals each year.
The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 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. Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity navigator, and is the first animal shelter in South Florida to become AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited.
The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.
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