April Showers Bring May . . . Kittens?

The Iris’ are popping up all over my yard; a vivid reminder that springtime has arrived. April is when new life starts springing up from the ground and trees are blossoming all over town. At Nevada Humane Society, a different kind of life is springing up—newborn kittens.

At some point in time, nearly every animal shelter feels the pinch of not having enough space. It seems that no matter how large the facility, there is always one more mouth to feed. The showering of kittens lasts through the summer and into the fall resulting in hundreds of more mouths to feed.

It would be impossible for us to care for all of these little kitties without our foster program. A volunteer foster program is an ideal low-cost way to greatly increase the number of lives saved while at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity for the community to become more active. Our program has hundreds of dedicated caregivers who eagerly open up their hearts and homes to care for and ultimately save lives—over 2,500 last year

Foster homes free up limited space at the shelter so that more animals can be saved—ones that are ready for adoption. But, sadly, there are never enough foster homes. Although there are also foster needs for puppies and special-needs adult animals, the greatest need lies with kittens. Once the season is in full swing, an average of 20 kittens will come into the shelter each day. The foster caregivers take care of them until they weigh two pounds—big enough to be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption. 

Usually you can begin fostering the same day as long as you have space to keep the foster animals separate from your own animals and are certain your pets are current on all vaccinations. There is no fee to pay and we can provide a starter kit of supplies if needed. Fostering lasts anywhere from three to eight weeks and after that you can take a break or choose to pick up a new batch of foster babies.

All homeless pets are safely in loving homes—a lofty goal, but feasible with the cooperation of an entire community. One of the easiest ways that individuals can get more involved is to open their homes to animals in need of short-term TLC. Please consider becoming a foster parent today and take a personal role in saving lives!

If you are interested in fostering rescued pets, please call Nevada Humane Society at 775-856-2000 ext. 321. Starter kits, training, medical care, and on-going consultation are readily available.

 Events that Help Homeless Pets

Adopt a Lovable but Less-Adoptable Pet: Adopt a shy, older, sassy or special needs pet and adoption fees are waived March 20 through April 8 at Nevada Humane Society. For more information, call Nevada Humane Society at 775-856-2000 or visit 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.

Make Nevada Humane Society Your Spring Break Destination: Bring the whole family on April 11 for free, fun activities including a clown, balloon art, and cupcake and cookie decorating. Shelter is located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.

Kitten Foster Information Session on Saturday, April 28, from 2:00 to 3:00pm. If you have ever considered fostering kittens but you aren’t sure what is required, this is for you. Call 775-856-2000 ext. 321 for more information.

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