Richmond SPCA needs the public’s help during kitten season

In this March 21, 2017 photo, a volunteer feeds a foster kitten. (Gail Wesson /The Press-Enterprise via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It is kitten season, and the Richmond SPCA is asking for the public’s help to care for all the babies it has taken in the past two months.

Right now, it needs nursing kits, bottles and formula to give to foster families who take in the tiny animals. The Richmond SPCA is also accepting chicken or turkey Gerber baby food for the kittens once they are weaning.

“Our volunteers also need blankets and towels and heating pads to keep these kittens warm and healthy while they’re growing,” explains Tabitha Treloar, the Richmond SPCA Director of Communications. “Eventually they’ll be strong enough to be adopted, but it takes many weeks and lots of volunteer support to get them there.”

Every year starting in about April, the Richmond SPCA rescues hundreds of infant kittens, many of which have been abandoned by their mothers.

“Many times people are finding litters under their porches and in their sheds,” says Treloar.

Follow this link to learn more about what to do if you find a litter and suspect the kittens have been abandoned by their mother.

Extra manpower is also needed to get through the next few months of kitten season.

The Richmond SPCA is holding a Meet the Fosters workshop on Wednesday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“That’s a place for people who are interested in taking in litters of kittens temporarily for anywhere from a couple weeks to a month or two,” says Treloar. “We’ll give you all the supplies you need to make it a successful time.”

Follow this link to register or get more information about Meet the Fosters.

“We give you all the supplies,” Treloar says about fostering kittens. “All the medical care is provided by our team, so it’s no financial expense to you. But there’s a lot of time investment, and we’re so grateful to volunteers willing to do that.”

The Richmond SPCA has its complete wish list posted online.

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