ASPCA foster program helps Baldwin Park Animal Care Center increase the number of four- to eight-week-old kittens leaving the shelter with positive tests by 60 percentage points
THE ANGELS, June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced a significant achievement in caring for its 10,000he kitten through the ASPCA Kitten Foster Program in the Angels. The program recruits, trains and supports volunteer foster sitters of kittens under eight weeks of age who are too young to be cared for at Los Angeles County Animal Care Centers.
This milestone comes during the height of the feline breeding season, a time of year when shelters across the country are saturated with newborn cats. Shelters in climates like the Angels They experience a steady stream of kittens year-round, but also tend to see a marked increase in kittens entering shelters during the spring and summer months. Kittens younger than eight weeks often require 24-hour care, a resource many shelters lack, so fostering programs that support frequent bottle feedings, checkups, and socialization are crucial to helping these kittens. young to grow up and find loving homes.
the 10,000he The kitten, a calico female named Delta, entered the ASPCA foster program when she was just five days old after being found alone near a major highway in the Angels. At that age, Delta’s eyes and ears were still closed and her foster caretaker bottle-fed her every two to three hours. Delta’s foster caretaker notes that she loves to be held and cuddled. Delta, who is now 6 weeks old, is healthy and strong and will soon be available for adoption by the ASPCA in the Angels.
“Each of the 10,000 foster kittens served by the ASPCA Foster Program in the Angels represents a key step toward a safer and more animal-friendly community in general,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of ASPCA. “We are proud to partner with the county on this life-saving program, and we thank our partners, foster caregivers, and communities for their compassion and dedication to these vulnerable cats and kittens.”
In partnership with Los Angeles County Animal Care Centers, the ASPCA identified cats as the highest-risk animal population in the Angels, and in 2017, launched the ASPCA Los Angeles Kitten Foster Program at Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, which sees the largest number of kittens in the county with an average of more than 400 four- to eight-week-old kittens entering the shelter. every year. Since the program’s inception, the number of four- to eight-week-old kittens leaving Baldwin Park Animal Care Center alive has increased by 60 percentage points and the euthanasia rate has decreased by 57 percentage points. Since then, the ASPCA has expanded its foster program to include kittens entering the Downey Animal Care Center and, in the future, hopes to have a greater impact for kittens at all animal care centers in the county, including Carson/planter, Lancasterand palmdale.
“We are truly grateful to the ASPCA for their partnership in saving these most vulnerable animals,” he said. marcia mayeda, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. “This important milestone speaks to the value of public-private partnership in solving the difficult challenges we face to save animal lives. The ASPCA is to be commended for its commitment, dedication and generosity in its efforts to save juvenile kittens. old”.
The ASPCA Los Angeles Kitten Foster Program has an ongoing need for foster caregivers who are willing to provide frequent bottle feedings to younger kittens. For more information on how to breed kittens in the Angels and to complete an online application, visit ASPCA.org/FosterLA. The ASPCA also encourages residents to learn what to do if they find stray kittens outside by visiting their online tool. Often the best way to help kittens outside is to leave them where they are so their mother can care for them rather than take them to a shelter, unless the kittens appear to be sick or injured.
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About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization established in North America and today serves as the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable and victimized animals. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than two million followers nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA helps animals in need through cruelty and disaster interventions on the ground, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and advancing the veterinary and shelter community through research, training, and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.