Author : Jenni Riha
I graduated with an associates in Veterinary Technology in 2001. At first I had wobbled between vet clinics and left the profession for a short time. I now have been at my current practice for 11 years.
The first kitten I fostered was in 2004. My dad told me he had disturbed a mama kitten in the barn. The kitten had just been born and mom was no where to be seen. She still had the umbilical cord and half of the sac still connected to her. Willing to give it a chance Sam is still alive today. Since then I have fostered many kittens. Most of which came from the farm abandoned or not being cared for very well by their mamas or friends who found abandoned kittens. Once I fostered my first relinquished kitten from the clinic I worked at in 2014 I felt I needed to find a name for myself. So The Foster Kitten project was born.
I have fostered handfuls of kittens every year since then. But this year I decided to expand into researching to be a non-profit. A kitten was presented to me when a family tried to bottle feed him but decided it was more work than they could handle. I found out that there was more in his litter but unfortunately didn’t get to them in time and they were turned into our local shelter and euthanized. Many shelters and humane societies are unable to take in kittens that are not weaned due to lack of resources and staff. This was when I knew I needed to do something more.
Obtaining resources to be a non-profit is very daunting and expensive but I hope to get there in the next year. I’m eagerly trying to gather information as well as interested patrons to be board members or volunteers.
Right now my current struggle is obtaining enough donations to help offset supply costs as well as veterinary care. I have 3 currently that are on medical hold. Some medical conditions are minor and one is more serious. I have one foster whom at first we thought was going to have to have both eyes removed. Treatment has helped in that we are hopeful that maybe she will only need to lose one eye.
All kittens in our care are virus tested, dewormed, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and hand raised in a home setting and fully socialized with dogs and other cats.
Please help in sharing our story and helping us save every kitten one bottle at a time.
Donations can be made via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE KITTENS!
[Wally Martin], who is currently 5 months old, was found at about 8 weeks old starving and malnourished in a Walmart parking lot. He has truly become a handsome boy in need of a furrever home. He loves feather toys and Mylar toys. He’s a medium hair with a fluffy tail. He likes to sleep near your head a bedtime. Wally is currently available for adoption. Adoptions applications are available by contacting email@example.com. Application fee is $5 and Adoption fee is $120. The application fee is applied to the adoption fee if accepted. Wally is fully vaccinated, virus tested negative, dewormed, neutered and microchipped.
[Crystal and Joshua] were obtained from a farm from a feral mother who isn’t very good at keeping her kittens alive. They were rescued at only a few days old. They had a sister that unfortunately didn’t survive. These two have been on medical hold with chronic diarrhea which has now subsided. They come from a known FIV positive mom. They have currently tested as a low positive for FIV. It is possible they will be negative in the weeks ahead. They have so far been dewormed, and began vaccination regimens. Medical care was delayed because they had been under weight for several weeks. They are now on track and are a complete joy. Crystal has the grey ears. -- Pictured below on the left.
[Missoura] was found in a feral community in Providence Missouri. She suffered from an untreated upper respiratory infection early in her life which has cost her, her eyesight. It is for sure she will lose her left eye but with continued treatment we may be able to save her right eye. She is light responsive and has some depth perception but is mostly blind. She gets a long just great and acts like any normal kitten. She is extremely vocal and lets you know when she is happy by meowing and rolling around. She has been virus tested, dewormed, vaccinations have been started and treatment on her eyes is ongoing. When she gets a bit bigger she will have surgery to remove the one eye and to be spayed. -- Pictured below on the right.
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