What is the Safe at Home Program?
Based out of the South Los Angeles City Shelter, this program asks the community to aid in our lifesaving work by fostering found kittens (under 8 weeks of age) to prevent them from entering the city shelter system. Along with our partners, we will provide community fosters with supplies, support and resources to result in a successful fostering experience. When the kittens are of adoptable age (8 weeks or 2 lbs) we’ll assist fosters with finding forever homes for the kittens in their care.
In 2015, 8,981 neonatal kittens entered the city shelters and unfortunately 4,380 (or 48.7 %) of these kittens didn’t get a second chance at life. Even with their best efforts, the LA city shelters often don’t have the resources to care for neonatal kittens and this is where fosters come in. The goal of the program is to encourage the community to foster these young babies in hopes of reducing shelter intake numbers for neonate kittens.
What does the program provide fosters?
We provide fosters with kitten care supplies such as formula/food, bottles, litter and pan, blankets/bedding, etc. We also offer additional resources such as:
*'How-to' instructional guides for kitten care
*In foster support along with regular check in’s to provide guidance as needed
*Arrange booster vaccines, spay/neuter, and microchipping prior to adoption
What are the expectations of a foster?
Give them a temporary home where they can grow and thrive to become healthy adoptable kittens. When kittens hit certain age milestones, fosters should work with our partners to schedule vaccines and spay/neuter. And then at the point of adoptable age, fosters should assist with re-homing the kittens using our tips and guidance.
How long will kittens remain in foster care?
The length of foster depends on the age of the kittens, however most kittens reach adoptable age and can be spayed/neutered at 2lbs, which is generally around 8 weeks.
What would a foster do if they can no longer keep the kittens, but they are not yet adoptable?
We understand that caring for neonatal kittens can be exhausting and challenging at times so it may not be for everyone. In that case, we ask that fosters contact our team so we can try to figure out a back up plan for the kittens. The solution may include returning the kittens to the shelter. Fosters should never feel bad about returning kittens to the shelter but should know they gave them a better chance during the time they were in their care.
What happens when kittens reach adoptable age?
Kittens will need first need to be spayed/neutered and microchipped before going to their forever home. Fosters can schedule these appointments through our team. Fosters can then try to rehome kittens on their own using the tips provided. If fosters are unable to rehome the kittens, they should work with our team to place the kittens through rescue or transport.
For more information on Safe at Home, please contact shelteroutreachLA@bestfriends.
Where You Can Find Us:
South LA Shelter
1850 W. 60th St. Los Angeles, CA 90047
Monday & Holidays: Closed