You Can Help Tide the Kitten Storm

Spring is known as “kitten season” at Nevada Humane Society as it is prime time for homeless, unspayed cats to have kittens. Summer should be called “kitten typhoon” as litters are storming into Nevada Humane Society. On average, the shelter is taking in eight litters (15-30 kittens) each day.

Kittens arriving at the shelter are a bit like children attending kindergarten for the first time; their immune systems are not yet fully developed making them especially vulnerable to colds and other infections. Foster homes give tiny kittens the best possible start in life, helping them to stay healthy and teaching them how to live in a home with people and other pets until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted.

Little Orange Dude and his siblings were just four weeks old when someone scooped them up and brought them into the shelter without their mother. Foster mom Lisa Smith volunteered to take them. She acknowledged that taking care of a litter of kittens is a lot of work, but “more rewarding than words can express. After I feed them, they climb into my lap and go to sleep purring. In that moment, they are completely content and all is right in their world. And as I look down on them sleeping in my lap, all is right in my world, too.”

Foster caregivers like Roz Zimmerman not only care for these helpless adorable critters, but they often get the word out themselves to promote their charges’ speedy adoption. Here is one of her recent pleas: “Well, kitten season is far from over for Nevada Humane Society and I am fostering this wonderful, huggable ball of fur. He is all alone and really lonely for that perfect home. He weighs about a pound now and when his is two pounds, he will get fixed, microchipped, vaccinated and be ready to go home. Please see if you have a place for him in your heart and home or forward this so we can get him adopted soon. Many thanks for your help and loving support.”

Foster homes free up limited space at the shelter so that more homeless animals can be saved—ones that are ready for adoption. The need for new foster homes during the busy summer months can really strain the very dedicated volunteer corps of caregivers. Although there are also foster needs for puppies and special-needs adult animals, the greatest need lies with kittens. There is no fee involved and a starter kit of supplies is provided as needed. Please consider becoming a foster caregiver today, have a fun and rewarding experience, and take a personal role in saving lives!

For more information about fostering, please call Nevada Humane Society at 775-856-2000 ext. 321.

Upcoming Events that Help Animals

Adopt your very own Dog Vinci, Cattisse or Petcasso during the Reno is Petown Adoption Promotion at Nevada Humane Society. Cats: $10, dogs: $50, kittens (under 4 mos.) $35 or two for $60. 2825 Longley Lane in Reno. Open Sunday – Friday, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm. More info at


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