How Foster Care Saves Lives
By Cecelia Martinez
A single orphaned kitten or an unplanned litter, each spring the Burbank Animal Shelter takes in hundreds of kittens. Too young to survive without around-the-clock care, these ill, injured, or traumatized kittens enter the VBAS Kitten Foster Program where volunteers bottle feed newborns, attend to essential needs, monitor health concerns, and participate in interviewing adopters. With a 100% adoption rate, kitten foster volunteers are making a difference in the lives of these young animals.
Last May, a small gray and white kitten named Mercury entered the foster program. Only four weeks old, Mercury was underweight and required medical attention. However, it was not long before he was ready for adoption. Mercury “runs to the door to greet people when they come over. He loves to be picked up, held, and cuddled,” adopter Kristi Dadekian reports. “We were so happy to adopt Mercury through the foster program. It gave us a chance to get to know him before we adopted him. This was important because we have three little girls, and we wanted to make sure we had an animal that would fit in with our family.”
Established in 2001 the Kitten Foster Program continues to provide Burbank’s homeless kittens with nurturing homes until adoption. “To have a program like the KFP at the VBAS that supports their volunteers, and provides supplies and access to medical care is truly a wonderful thing that I am very proud to be a part of,” says Kitten Foster Program Recruiting Coordinator Christine Hofmann.
The VBAS Kitten Foster Program is looking for volunteers to join the team. If you have a passion for felines and are able to care for kittens under the age of eight weeks visit the thevbas.org for more information.