As of April 1, the Kitten Nursery at Dallas Animal Services (DAS) is officially open for kitten season! Each Spring, DAS and shelters across the country begin to see a rise in kitten intake. The nursery allows the DAS team to care for neonate and underage orphaned kittens around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to give them the best possible chance of a positive outcome.
We can all agree that baby kittens are adorable, but did you know that they are also the most vulnerable population in most shelters? According to Holly Sizemore, Chief Mission Officer at Best Friends Animal Society, "The biggest thing keeping the country from achieving no-kill is kitten season. If we can get people to reach out to their shelters right now and give fostering a try, we can flatten that summer spike and officially turn the tide."
How to help:
If you want to be hands on, you can sign up to be a foster for incoming babies or to volunteer in the nursery! If you aren't able to foster or volunteer, please consider a donation that could help purchase equipment and supplies for the Kitten Nursery and kitten foster families.
Did you find kittens in your neighborhood?
Remember, not all kittens need to be taken to the shelter. Kittens have the best chance of surviving if left with their mothers. Click here to learn what to do if you find kittens.