Save a life, foster a kitten
By Amelia Glynn, SFGate.com
Did you know that many Bay Area shelters are forced to euthanize thousands of kittens every year — most of them in the spring? Why? The majority of these abandoned kittens are born to feral cats. Too young to survive without their mother, they must be bottle fed until they can eat on their own. Right now, there simply aren't enough foster families to take care of them all.
The San Jose Animal Care Center takes in more than 11,000 cats and kittens annually, and nearly 2,500 of those are euthanized for no other reason than being too young. Deputy Director, Jon Cicirelli explains, "Kittens under 4 weeks need around-the-clock bottle feeding. We don't have the staffing levels to do this. The only way to save these babies is to get them into foster care as soon as they arrive."
While the East Bay SPCA doesn't euthanize animals, organizers are in desperate need of foster families. Allison Lindquist, executive director says, "Fostering is a fantastic experience, and a great way for people to make a huge difference — the difference between life and death — for these kittens."
To help address the current kitten crisis, Pet Food Express is offering 20 percent off all kitten food and supplies at all 35 of its stores for customers interested in making a donation to help shelter programs. Those donated items will then be distributed to kitten foster families throughout the Bay Area.
Contact these local shelters to lean how you can help save lives by fostering a few cute kittens:
- San Francisco Animal Care and Control: 415-554-9414
- Pets Unlimited: 415-568-3065
- Oakland Animal Services: 510-535-4883 (see Hopalong below)
- Hopalong Animal Rescue: 510-267-1915 x105 (Hopalong serves as the foster agency for all of Oakland Animal Services' kittens)
- Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA: 650-340-7022, ext. 370
- San Jose Animal Care Center Foster Program: 408-794-7246
- Fremont Tri-City Animal Shelter Foster Program: 510-790-6640
- East Bay SPCA Foster Program: 510-563-4632