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How to Help Kittens and Cats with Volunteer Rescue Work

Updated on October 6, 2014

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.

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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.

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Adoption Clinics

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.

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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

K&H Manufacturing Thermo-Kitty Bed Small Sage 16-Inch  4 Watts
K&H Manufacturing Thermo-Kitty Bed Small Sage 16-Inch 4 Watts

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.

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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

Cat Scratch and Lounge Color: Beige
Cat Scratch and Lounge Color: Beige

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.

 
Flexrake 1-Story US Cats Condo  1024, Colors May Vary
Flexrake 1-Story US Cats Condo 1024, Colors May Vary

Nicely carpeted and perfect for a single cat.

 

Cat Houses

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.

Please say hello and share any volunteer ideas you have.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: What you said is so true.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Having a pet is serious responsibility and unfortunately too many people forget that. Thanks for some good reminders.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I hope you get one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want a cat! Great lens!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: There are always cats who need homes.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Maybe one day you will.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @favored: I do.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      It's a good deed to adopt a cat. There are plenty available for adoption

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      I can't have cats where I live, wish I had more time to volunteer

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Janis. Thanks for sharing this information. During the holidays many want to adopt a pet, but sometimes even pets are returned around the first of the year. Please donate your time and love if you can.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      We have 2 cats - both adoptions! Love them.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Being a foster family, is a great idea.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      These are wonderful ideas. My local cat shelter was also grateful for donations of old bedding and towels for the cats, plus stuff they could sell to raise funds. Thanks for all the work you've done for kittens and cats.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      I have two cats and are so intelligent.They seem to be always opening cabinets or pantry doors looking for something other than their toy mice with which to play. And I swear they can tell time because they are always right at the front door of my office, when, according to my schedule, my work is finished for the day.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      My family and I are in the market for a new kitten. The kids don't know it yet but we are heading to our local SPCA on Tuesday to look at what is available... they are going to be so excited :)~BLESSED~

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Lovely lens, I totally agree with you on this lens. I love cats :)

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Great lens, very interesting

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great idea to volunteer with the adoption clinic! My husband is allergic to cats so we can't have any at home, but this way my girls can still help with cats.

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      sallemange 5 years ago

      I love cats so much. I have two wonderful Siamese Orientals. Whenever I spot a cat in trouble or lost I always stop and try and help it. My partner goes crazy sometimes because I often stop at the roadside. He made my day the other day by buying me a fluorescent jacket so I could be safer doing it!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Thank you for all of your great comments!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas that I didn't know about.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Very important topic, thank you for drawing attention this.

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      Joycevoice 5 years ago

      You could spend an hour or so a week volunteering at a shelter for animals. Our city also has "Adopt a Pet" events at the zoo. Excellent lens.

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      Total support for this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very well done teaching on how we can be involved in caring for and protecting the cats that need our love....blessed!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      NO ONE tell my cats about the heated cat bed. If they know about that then I'll never get any peace at all!!

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      mennella 5 years ago

      i'm a cat lover. i've adopted a cute black kitten, abandoned by some idiot... she (i use "she" for my Morgana) is ever close to me... Even now as I write this comment :)

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Ohh kittens.. who can resist them? Nice lens with some great info. Thumbs up and angel blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Be cautious about suggesting that any cats rounded-up from outdoors be used for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There's no way to know their vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination against it later will do no good. It's already too late. There's also no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They really need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It's the only sane and sensible solution. This is precisely why all wild-harvested animals in the world, of any type intended for the pet-industry, must undergo an extended quarantine period of up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when harvested from the wild. You're just risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/23/263110... any cat that's been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette.I found some surprising things about all the diseases these invasive-species vermin are now spreading throughout the USA.These are just the diseases cats spread to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife and even other cat species. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Flea-borne Typhus and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Very nice lens...great cause!

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing, Help Kittens and Cats with Volunteer Rescue Work. Making a page, and sharing ideas, and a reminder of ways to help these dear cats, is always a worthy cause.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Thank you! Because of reading this, I have put becoming a foster home for a cat or kitten on my list of things to look int.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      Living in a small town feral cats are a real problem. So often the town's solution in our area is to trap them but this has been proven not to work time and again. I think any help a person can offer their local shelter is a much need gift.