- Pets and Animals
How to Help Kittens and Cats with Volunteer Rescue Work
Help Stray Cats and Kittens
If you love felines and would like to help with kitten or cat rescue, or are looking for volunteer opportunities, you've come to the right place.
There are lots of ways you can help whether it be by volunteering your time, money or needed items to local cat rescue groups.
I've done this myself.As someone who has done it, I can tell you it is quite a rewarding experience. It's something the entire family got into.
Kitten photo by annika at morgueFile.
How to Find Adoptable Kittens
One way to help felines is to adopt one. There are numerous legitimate adoption opportunities if looking to adopt a kitten or cat.
Organizations like the SPCA and Humane Society always have felines up for adoption. What's sad is that if they have too many, some will have to euthanized. These organizations really have their work cut out for them and try their best to save as many animals as possible
.If you have any pet chain stores in your area such as Petco or PetSmart, check on the weekend to see if they have any adoption clinics. The adoption clinics they have are usually run by feline rescue groups.
What I like about these groups is that they normally can provide you with some kind of background on the felines, not to mention they have been vet checked, spayed or neutered.
Do keep in mind that there are adoption fees with any of the above. These are to cover any medical costs. I can tell you personally that there have been times when a rescue group I have volunteered with has spent way more money on a cat or kitten than the actual adoption costs were.
Cute kitten photo by Itshears at morgueFile.
Humane Society Video
Here's an adorable video about some kittens who need to find permanent homes from the Animal Humane Society.
Speaking of feline adoption clinics, consider volunteering your time to help at a local store on the weekends. Generally, what's involved is helping to set up the clinic, talking to and screening potential adoptive families and making sure any new families have everything they need to properly take care of a new cat or kitten.
Then afterwards, putting everything away and making sure the work space is properly cleaned up. There's something very special about knowing that you helped place a homeless kitten or cat into their forever home.
White cat photo by phototogo2 at morgueFile.
Fostering Cats and Kittens
A great way to volunteer is to become a foster family for a cat or kitten. How it works is that you take care of them until they can become adopted.
You provide the love, food and care and they'll provide you with the wonderful feeling of knowing you are helping to save a life.As someone who has done this, be sure to know your limitations.
For example, there may be an entire litter of kittens who need a temporary home. Some of these kitties have been abused or neglected and will need extra care.
If a kitten is no longer with the Mother cat and is not yet weaned, it will have to be bottle fed around the clock. However, many times they are healthy and content. Just be sure you have everything you need to properly take care of them before bringing them home
.If interested in becoming a foster family, check with any of your local rescue groups. The time of year they usually need the most help is during the spring as so many litters of kittens are born.
Black cat photo by anhnamusa at morgueFile.
Heated Cat Bed
Whether for your own kitty or for ones you may be fostering, keep them warm and calm with a heated cat bed. Doesn't this little guy look comfy?
Cat Food Bowls
Don't forget a nice food bowl.
Donate to Help Cats
Rescue organizations can always use donations. If you don't have the time to volunteer, consider either a monetary or product donation. Pick up a bag of litter or some cans of food and donate them to an adoption clinic.
Perhaps you have a pet carrier lying around that you are no longer using. Maybe there's a special event going on promoting kitten adoption that you can tell the world about on Facebook. The more people can help, the more feline lives that can be saved.
Kitten photo by thegirlandthewhale at morgueFile.
Voices of Shelter Cats
Indoor Cat Houses
For whatever reason you may be bringing a cat or kitten home, it's nice to have a special little hiding place for them. This is a place where they can feel safe until they get used to their new environment. While some felines will be social right away, others will take some time to warm up to their surroundings. Here are some nice ones that aren't too expensive.
Nicely carpeted and perfect for a single cat.
These are from eBay.
Remember, it doesn't matter how you help. Just help and you can be part of saving the lives of precious kittens and cats.
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