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Foster parents needed to cuddle and feed newborn kittens

MIAMI (March 16, 2016)

Spring is kitten season and tiny, orphaned newborn kittens need round-the-clock care to stay alive. Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) is recruiting foster parents to help care for and feed the very young kittens abandoned at the shelter. 

Animal Services’ new Kitten Cuddlers program provides training on bottle feeding and the general care of newborn kittens. Kitten Cuddlers also receive newborn kitten care kits that include heating pads, feeding bottles and kitten milk replacer. The kittens will be scheduled for veterinary visits to receive booster vaccines and general wellness care until they reach adoption age. 

“Abandoned newborn kittens are an unfortunate right of spring and we need the help of the community,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services. ”Engaging and empowering the community to play an active role is a key component of our lifesaving efforts.”

When kittens are adoption ready, they’ll find new homes through one of Animal Services many lifesaving programs and events, like HOPE Express adoption events, the Petco Adoption Center in partnership with Miami-Dade Animal Services in South Miami, adoptions at designated Petsmart locations or they may even head north to adoption guaranteed centers through the transport program.  

To become a Kitten Cuddler Foster parent, email [email protected] and write “Kitten Cuddler” in the subject line. Training sessions will take place the second and fourth Sundays of every month beginning in April. Kitten Cuddlers will receive kitten care supplies and the joy that comes from saving a precious little animal’s life.

Get tips on what to do if you find an unattended litter of kittens.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.