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About Adopt & Shop’s Kitten Foster Project

The Kitten Foster Project was developed in 2014 to address one of the main constituents of shelter euthanasia in Los Angeles: underage kittens.

Underage kittens (AKA kittens that are too young to be spayed/neutered and adopted) are extremely fragile with relatively low survival rates, especially when separated from their mother. Shelters do not have sufficient human or financial resources to provide underage kittens with the specialized care that they require; as a result, it is standard shelter protocol to euthanize all underage kittens that enter the facility. In 2012, over 65% of kittens in Los Angeles County animal shelters were euthanized. In the past year, that number is down to 14%! With your help, we hope to get that number to zero in the near future!

Adopt & Shop’s Kitten Foster Project aims to make an impact on this population by removing underage kittens from shelters and placing them in our nursery or foster care, where they will be housed, fed, and cared for by volunteers like you until they reach two pounds. The program also accepts nursing mothers with their litters.

As a foster parent, you will be making routine trips to and from our facility for supplies and medical care, so it is important that you have reliable transportation. We require a two-week minimum for fostering, to ensure that all the kittens receive suitable care.

Once a kitten has reached its mandatory body weight, it will return to the Kitten Foster Project to be spayed or neutered by our sterilization partners. The kitten will then be transferred to one of our Adopt & Shop locations where it will await its forever home.

Note: The Kitten Foster Project encourages foster parents to find homes for their kittens within their own network of friends and family. Foster parents always have first priority to adopt or facilitate an adoption.

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