Wait Until 8: Shelter & Community Partnership to Save Kittens’ Lives!
Everyone knows nothing is cuter than kittens! But every year, millions of kittens need help and don’t always get the care they need. This is particularly true during kitten season, from early spring through late summer, when the most litters are born and people are more likely to find kittens and bring them to shelters.
Here’s the hard truth: Most kittens—especially those who are unweaned and neonatal (less than four weeks old)—brought to animal shelters are killed. There are a lot of reasons why this happens: The majority of shelters don’t have the programs in place to care for neonatal kittens. Kittens require intensive, around-the-clock care. Kitten nurseries—which are few and far between—are always full, stretching staff and volunteers thin. Plus, it’s hard for kittens to thrive in shelters, where they can easily get sick. But there is good news! Communities and shelters can work together to save kittens’ lives through the innovative Wait Until 8 program. Read more at www.alleycat.org/wait-until-8