Become a Kitten Sitter During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home
In 2019, FieldHaven rescued over 700 kittens, placed them into foster homes, then adopted them out. This year is much different.
Due to social distancing protocols, FieldHaven Feline Center will not be able to launch our annual traditional foster program until after the COVID-19 shutdown or perhaps not at all in 2020. This leaves hundreds of kittens out in our communities without our proven program for providing life-saving vaccinations, spay/neuter, and other medical care as well as crucial human socialization.
For the 2020 kitten season, Kitten Sitters will replace our traditional foster program. We are turning to the community to care for the kittens in the area where they were found. With families sheltering in place in their homes, looking for distractions and projects to do, what can be more fun than watching over a litter of kittens?
FieldHaven will provide food, supplies and veterinary care for the Kitten Sitters while strictly adhering to social distancing protocols. Our kitten-savvy staff and volunteers will be just a video or social media reach away from caregivers to provide support and training. If needed, our veterinary staff can provide safe “in-kitten” assistance.
When the kittens are old enough, adoptions will be facilitated by FieldHaven and arrangements made for spay/neuter at the end of the shutdown.
FieldHaven Feline Center
- What is a Kitten Sitter? [PDF]
- Form: Found Kittens
- Form: Kitten Sitter Supply Distribution
- Kitten Sitter Flyer [PDF]
- Alley Cat Allies® – How Old is That Kitten? Diagram [PDF]
- Alley Cat Allies® – Kitten Aging
- Alley Cat Allies® – Kitten and Mom Scenarios
- American Pets Live – Preparing Neonates Q&A
- Best Friends – COVID-19 Community Cats Resource Page
- Kitten Lady – Kitten Care Videos
- Kitten Lady – Kitten Webinar Series with the Kitten Lady and Royal Canin
- Maddie’s Fund – Flattening the Curve
- Spay/Neuter in the COVID Era [Webinar]
Found a litter? Live in Lincoln, Wheatland or Marysville city limits?
Dr. Heather Kennedy, our former FieldHaven shelter veterinarian, wrote this blog post explaining why it really is best, in most cases, to leave kittens in the community.
These kittens were both born on the same day. The kitten on the left (orange) was motherless and raised by a very experienced bottle feeder. The kitten on the right (black) was raised by its mom. They are about 5 weeks old in the picture. Look at how much bigger and healthier the mom-raised kitten is! Mom is always best!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Thank you to our major sponsors for Kitten Sitters