Be Mine Valentine … save a heart – an abandoned kittens heart

rescue kitten abandoned kittens found in a truck wheel

Be Mine Valentine … Toss the candy and help save a heart

Many kittens are left abandoned in front of pet stores and vet offices by our community in hopes that someone will help them.  The animal rescue groups receive phone calls and emails daily. Unfortunately when there is no rescue available to pick them up, they are taken to high kill county shelters, and in most cases euthanized.  I am hoping that we can change that by raising awareness in our communities for the rescue kittens, and help fund rescue kitten organizations that will not turn them away. Help save abandoned kittens and cats.
Here’s how you can help.
    • Donate time, money and supplies to your local cat rescue.
    • Practice and teach responsible pet ownership by spaying and neutering your own pets, even if they never go outside. As soon as a kitten is 8 weeks old, and two pounds they can be safely altered with a speedy recovery.
    • Practice TNR- which means trap, neuter, return.  If you know where a feral colony exists, be proactive and become a responsible community member by helping to trap them, have them spayed, neutered and vaccinated, and release them back into their habitat. If just one female cat is left intact, she and her offspring can produce thousands of cats. If you don’t help, who will?
    • Volunteer for an animal rescue. If possible, foster an entire litter, or volunteer to bottle-feed homeless kittens. Or even better yet,  foster hard-to-place adult cats, who seldom get adopted during kitten season.
    • Adopt a cat, especially an adult one. If you opt for kittens, keep in mind that 2 are better than 1!
Kelly Richardson volunteers as a kitten foster and photographer for several no-kill cat rescue groups in Orlando, Florida.