Our foster care coordinator Natalie, volunteers, and foster parents have done an amazing job of getting kittens out of the shelter lately – Thank you to everyone who has come in and taken a litter of kittens – you are saving their lives, and the lives of other kittens who can take their place in the shelter until someone comes for them. However, the city is still full of people who let their pets have babies and don’t want them, so dozens of litters of kittens come in each and every day. If you can foster, please come in – they still need you! If you’re interested in fostering, think you can foster, want to know what fostering is, have any questions, please email me!
PhillyKitties@gmail.com I am more than willing to help answer any questions or help you get started fostering. Natalie is completely swamped with email, so please email me instead! I can get back to you quickly, and if the matter needs Natalie’s attention, I’ll let her know.
Litters of kittens at PAWS as of noon 8/24/08:
1) 7 adorable tabby kittens less than 4 weeks old (surrendered because their pet “kept having babies”)– they have teeth and should be able to eat wet food but need supervision.
2) COMPLETELY EMACIATED tortie mom cat – she is so skinny and doing such an awesome job of taking care of her babies, she really deserves a foster home where she can fatten up! She has 3 6-8 week old kittens.
3) Tuxedo mom cat with 4 infant kittens – the shelter is a bad place to raise babies! They can very easily get sick and need a foster home.
4) Litter of 4 gray tabby kittens about 4 weeks old – they should be eating on their own but may need supervision.
5) Litter of 5 kittens 4-6 weeks old. They’re a little skinny and need someone to make sure they’re eating well. A couple of them are fluffy!
6) Litter of 5 kittens 4-6 weeks old.
7) Litter of 2 scared black and white kittens 7-9 weeks old – need lots of love and socialization.
8) Gray tabby mo with 2 2-3 week old kittens.
9) Tuxedo mom with 4 6-8 week old kittens.
10) White mom cat with gray tabby spots with 5 4 week old kittens
11) Medium-long haired muted tortie mom with 4 4-6 week old kittens.
12) Litter of 3 scared fluffy kittens who will need some love and TLC – about 4-6 weeks old
13) Litter of 3 different sized kittens – they came in together but I don’t think they’re from the same litter. One looks about 12 weeks, one 8, and one 6 – and one of them is a beautiful fluffy kitten!
14) Litter of 2 scared black and white kittens 6-8 weeks old.
15) Tuxedo mom with 3 8-12 week old kittens – she has been here quite some time, her kittens shouldn’t have to grow up in a shelter!
16) Orange/brown female tabby cat too old to be a sister and too young to be a mom to 6-8 week old white and gray kitten.
17) Black mom cat with 3 kittens 6-12 weeks old.
IF YOU CAN FOSTER AN ANIMAL: Come to the shelter (111 W. Hunting Park Avenue) immediately. A staff person or foster care volunteer will be thrilled to help you find the right animal(s) for you to take into safety. Foster care hours are 11 am to 6 pm every day of the week - if you need to come after 6, please email me at Phillykitties@gmail.com and I will try my best to arrange it.
Directions to the shelter are available here: http://www.phillypaws.org/hours_directions.cfm
More information about foster care is available here: http://www.phillypaws.org/foster_parenting_faq.cfm The staff who receives and replies to the online foster parent application are swamped right now, so please, if you can foster, just come in to the shelter or email me for more info at Phillykitties@gmail.com.
SPREAD THE WORD: Even if you can't bring a foster animal home, you can still make an enormous difference and help save countless lives.
PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, is a donor-funded division of the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) dedicated to saving the lives of Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals. Taking in nearly 30,000 animals each year, PAWS is dedicated to making Philadelphia a a city in which all healthy and treatable animals are guaranteed a home. Supporting PAWS helps fund lifesaving initiatives including adoption and foster care programs, spay and neuter surgeries, low-cost vaccinations, and other community-based programming, all of which help reduce and will ultimately eliminate the unnecessary killing of Philadelphia's animals. For more information, please visit: www.phillypaws.org.