Fostering cats and kittens can help animal shelters in your area.

Summer is the time when there are many kittens being born to stray cats. If a very pregnant cat or cat with kittens is found without a home then the animal rescue organizations are looking for help. Animal shelters are not the ideal place for pregnant cats or very young kittens as they have too much activity going on. Mom cats and kittens are better off in a quieter environment where they can get special attention. Fostering is a great way to have animals in your life without the long term commitment of a pet.

The foster family should have:

1. A separate room to put the Mom and kittens.
2. Time to spend time with them to give Mom attention and socialize the kittens.
3. The ability to keep the Mom for another month after the kittens are weaned so her milk can dry up before being spayed.

The time commitment will vary depending on each situation but kittens should stay with their mother for 7-8 weeks before weaning. Food, bowls, litter and litter boxes are often provided by the shelter. If you are interested please call your local animal rescue or shelter and see if there is a need! Here are a few in our area:
Frontier Animal Society in Orleans 802-754-2228
North Country Animal League in Morrisville 802-888-5065
Justice for Dogs in Wolcott 802-472-3894