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Lifesaving Kitten Nursery
Of the 7,900 pets killed at the Los Angeles Animal Services in 2014, more than 4,800 were newborn kittens (two months of age or younger), simply because they didn't have safe places to call home. The tiny creatures, often abandoned at birth or turned into shelters from accidental litters, have very little hope of growing up and getting adopted but together we can change that.
Best Friends Los Angeles opened a neonatal kitten nursery in February 2013. The nursery is staffed with a dedicated coordinator and supported by a cadre of devoted volunteers who sign up for two hour feeding shifts 24 hours a day to help the kittens grow and thrive. In 2015, the neonatal nursery, a program of the Best Friends’ No-Kill Los Angeles initiative, has a goal of saving over 2,000 kittens. To date, more than 3,100 precious kittens and 175 nursing mothers have been saved.
Similar to a real nursery, the neonatal cat area features stuffed animals, festive décor, and rocking chairs amongst its many cages and incubator crates.
Volunteers are needed 24/7 to take care of kittens in our on-site nursery. Duties range from bottle-feeding, cage cleaning, food preparation, and socializing. Shifts are needed around the clock, and we would love to have you join us! Email volunteerLA@bestfriends.org to get started.
Once weaned from bottle feeding at about five to six weeks, the kittens are still in critical need. That’s when foster homes become part of the solution.
The foster period typically lasts a short two to three weeks, as the kittens are returned at two months old to be showcased for adoption at the center. All potential fosters need is a room (even a bathroom will do) and the ability to feed and interact with the cats several times a day. Best Friends supplies the food and any necessary medical care. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Cat lovers can also donate needed items for the neonatal nursery from an online registry. Click here to visit the registry.
Best Friends Annual Kitten Shower
Join us as we prepare to welcome 2,100 kittens into our nursery this year!
Saturday, March 21
1pm - 3pm
Best Friends Pet Adoption Center
15321 Brand Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
At the kitten shower, you can take a tour of the nursery, enjoy cake and punch, play kitten shower games, learn how to volunteer in the nursery or how to become a foster parent to a litter of kittens, and more. Fun for the whole family!
No need to RSVP. All are welcome!
Watch our nursery videos below to learn more about volunteering and take a virtual tour!
Newcomers arriving the Best Friends Kitten Nursery can be as young as a few days old. But they're provided with everything they need to grow up– from round-the-clock bottle feeding, to medical care, to ultimately finding families of their own.
Each step is an integral part of helping kittens grow up happy and healthy. Follow Jaguar's journey from his first day at the nursery to his adoption day!
At first, it's all about feeding him around the clock. That's every 2 hours to keep him nourished and growing. Kittens need help with everything, even when it comes to the litter box. Once Jaguar reaches 2 pounds, he gets to go home with his very own foster family. Commence playtime: a truely integral part of kitten development! At six weeks it's time for vaccines and a check up with our vet. At eight weeks, after he is weaned, Jaguar is ready to be adopted!
Jaguar is one of many kittens whose very survival depends on the kindness of people like you. Give today to help Save Them All.