When we last checked in on these little kittens, Jelly Bean was getting to be a big girl at a little over 2 pounds and playing pretty boisterously while little Cookie was moving along a little more slowly but by no means was anything stopping her. They had both started with a little bit of sniffles which developed into a treatable upper respiratory infection. Neither one lost any ground but it took a while to heal, and it may be that they have congestion issues all their lives because of the time they contracted the virus that had made the whole litter ill around the time they were rescued.
Their foster said that if their breathing has improved, then they may stay at the Animal Rescue League on their next check up where they’ll be spayed, Cookie’s bad eye will be removed, and they’ll be put up for adoption. Debby cautions, “If someone is thinking they would like to adopt either Cookie or Jelly be ready.”
Cookie and Jelly Bean are part of the Animal Rescue League’s Foster Finder program. When they two were rescued they were taken immediately to the Animal Rescue League where they met with Debby, who agreed to foster them. That meant the shelter covered their care and would later be providing spay and neuter surgery, vaccinations and adoption services.
Debby describes both of them as being fun and friendly, and the veterinarian taking care of them said that Cookie ws so cue it wouldn’t matter if she only had one eye!
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As I’ve said before, this is but one story of many kitten rescues this spring so far, and it’s still only May. Last week we counted 92 kittens of various ages younger than nine weeks in over a dozen foster homes, all rescued over the last three weeks, many of them being treated for serious infections. The season has only just begun. Part of the mission with TNR is to not return the kittens—once we’ve rescued them we socialize them and put them up for adoption through the ARL Foster Finder program or through FosterCat or Frankie’s Friends.
Many rescuers pay out of pocket for veterinary care and food but the costs of raising even the average litter of four healthy kittens is more than many people have, and many rescues have greater needs, like the kittens in this story. If you can help with just one purchase from the kitten wish list on Amazon.com you’d make some kittens and a rescuer very happy.
And if you’d just rather buy a gift card or make a donation, I have a reward for you, below—follow the instructions to make a donation to HCMT or Frankie’s Friends and I’ll send you a gift certificate to my shop.
Now who else is looking for a home? Browse a few more rescued cats and kittens!
All photos courtesy the kittens’ foster homes.
STILL LOOKING FOR HOMES:
Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.
There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.
- Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
- Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
- Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
- Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
- Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.
If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.
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