Why YOU should foster a kitten this summer?
You might have heard of “kitten season” and wondered what that means exactly. It’s really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall. Kitten season is the time of year when lots of cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters. Each year we receive thousands of orphaned kittens at our seven animal care centers. We need your help! Become a foster TODAY!
Five Reasons to Foster
Fostering two or more small kittens at a time can bring your home to life. Kittens are some of the most playful animals when they are young, and love to be entertained either by you or with each other. Though they will sleep a lot, during their waking hours snuggling and playing will be part of the course. Plan on spending time being amused by the fun things they do while in this kitten stage.
Fostering two or more kittens at once will give you an opportunity to watch how playful they can be with each other and with you. The pulling at your ears, the kisses, the playing with your hair, trying to climb, and tumbling and rolling all over each other bring hours of amusement to both the kittens and you! Kitten play with littermates is the best way for kittens to learn good social skills as they will correct each other if one begins to get out of line.
- Family Fun
Having just one kitten is also a great way for you to develop the kitten’s human bond and provides much needed socialization skills that will help the kitten when finding a new home. It is also a fun family learning experience. Children will learn the benefits for caring for animals and will learn to be compassionate.
- The Kittens Need You
Small kittens are vulnerable in large animal care centers and are susceptible to illness and disease. In order for kittens to thrive, they need to be in the loving care of a foster parent. The foster care program plays an integral part in our ability to adopt out as many orphans as possible annually. Thanks to our Pee Wee Program, more than 2000 kittens have already found their way into the DACC foster system.
- It’s Easy!
Fostering is a wonderful experience and is great for those who are unable to have an animal long term. Becoming is a foster is simple! To become a foster parent, you will need to do the following:
- Complete and submit a volunteer application. (http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/become-a-foster-parent/)
- Attend both a Volunteer Orientation and Foster Care Class.
- Accept the Foster Care Policy Terms and Agreement.
Or reach out to your local animal care center to find out how you can become a foster pet parent!