The Kittens Are Coming!

Let’s face it – the internet has produced many celebrities over the last decade, but none quite as fabulous and furry as THE CAT! Whether they’re dominating Instagram or ruling YouTube, these feline powerhouses are wiggling their way into hearts all over the world.

But wait — where do all these cats come from?

All cats had a humble beginning as a kitten, perhaps one of many in a litter born to an unfixed female cat. And while the term “kitten season” sounds super cute – in reality, it can be a tough time for animal shelters. Kitten season is the time of year  when kittens are born by the thousands to unfixed cats – basically warm weather. Don’t forget, this is the Sunshine State! Last year, JHS took in over 3,000 underage kittens.

So how do these kittens go from orphans in the shelter to social media super stars?

With help from foster parents!

Dames Point the kitten with his foster mom, Meghan.

Foster parents are lifesaving volunteers who take a litter of kittens into their home and care for them until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted. Foster parents provide the necessary TLC to help kittens thrive and the good news is that ANYONE can foster kittens.

Work a 9-5 job? Awesome! You can foster kittens who are eating on their own, around 6-8 weeks of age. You’ll have a blast watching them wrestle and play with each other while packing on the ounces they need to hit the two pound mark.

Work at home, between jobs or retired? Purrfect! We need folks like you to help our kittens 5 weeks and under. Whether they are still eating from a bottle or being weaned onto solid foods, you’ll play an important role in helping these little ones thrive.

Don’t know where to start? No worries! Everyone has been in your shoes. Try starting your foster journey with a mom and babies. Your job will be to care for the mother cat, provide her with a safe space and keep her happy. She will do the rest!

Love kittens, but can’t foster? No worries – you can STILL help by sending in supplies from our Kitten Wish List.

Ready to start? Complete the JHS Foster Parent profile and our staff will reach out to you with the next steps.

Still not sure? Here’s a video from the world’s most famous kitten foster, Kitten Lady!

So – are you ready to join our lifesaving team of foster parents? The kittens hope to see you soon!


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