Kitten Season! It’s here! And while it may sound adorable, there is more to it than the cuteness of kittens. Every day, people find newborn kittens and bring them to the local shelters for help. These adorable creatures (under 4 weeks of age) require round-the-clock care (bottle-feeding, stimulation, warmth) and not everyone is equipped with the skills and time to care for them.
We are so fortunate to live in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. There are several shelters in and around the county that work together to save the lives of a tremendous number of orphaned kittens. But this fundraiser isn’t for those kittens. There are some kittens for whom it doesn’t matter whether they’re at a shelter or in the comfort of a home. They need more. That’s why we are looking to purchase an incubator for the at-risk neonatal and preemie kittens
The Foster Kitty Kamp is comprised of friends/crazy cat ladies Sarah and Kim, who have a combined 14 years of kitten fostering experience. In other words, we don’t play games. Anyone who knows us knows that we will do whatever it takes to save the lives of all living creatures under our roof, regardless of its personal cost to us. Kittens in our care are able to be vaccinated, tube fed, given fluids, medicated, and hand-raised from birth until they’re old enough to be fixed, all without leaving our house.
Not only do we sometimes foster these babies ourselves for a couple months until they are old enough for adoption (by pulling them into rescue with Patuxent Animal Welfare Society), we also take in emergency foster babies from local shelters (like Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control) to allow those shelters the time (sometimes a day, sometimes several days) to find a rescue that has the fosters available to take them in, such as the Animal Welfare League at Arlington. In that critical time, we would like to be better equipped to properly handle preemies and kittens with critical illnesses like pneumonia to give them a better chance at survival. Expert care early on can help to cut down on the veterinary bills later on!
We are looking to buy an incubator to use for these critical kittens that will give them the best chance at survival. Getting them into an incubator that provides them what they need at the desperate times will even make the job of their future rescue fosters that much easier.
The Pet Brooder ICU (https://lifelinepetsupplies.com/rcom-large-pet-curadle-icu-package.html
) is not only able to provide regulated heat and humidity, factors that have been proven to be beneficial to these tiny beings, but can also administer oxygen therapy and nebulizer treatments to the critical sick ones.
So, we are asking for everyone’s help. This equipment is costly, but it would be instrumental in our ability to help any kitten that comes into our care. The incubator itself is about $1200. In addition to the incubator, we would like to get the oxygen concentrator and nebulizer attachments. The tax and accessories to go with it can be upwards of an additional $800. Any monies left over will be used to purchase foster supplies. Thank you and we appreciate any help you can give.
Sarah and Kim