Kitty Post: It's Raining Kittens! By Sallie Rhodes
Updated: Aug 1
We keep thinking the calls about kittens will slow down, but they don’t. Beltsville Community Cats (BCC) volunteers were extremely busy in May and June, rescuing kittens born outdoors. And, the kittens just keep coming.
Research indicates that over half of unattended kittens born outside don’t live to be one year old. That is a high rate of mortality and a sad statistic. Animal rescue groups like BCC enlist volunteers to trap and rescue kittens born outside. These kittens are placed in foster homes where they learn to be house pets. The kittens are sterilized, vaccinated, combo tested and microchipped before they are adopted into forever homes.
In May and June of 2022, BCC took in over 30 kittens. Many of these kittens came from a single industrial site in Beltsville. Most were suffering from severe eye infections and upper respiratory infections. One was born with no back feet. Finding foster homes and covering the medical bills for these kittens has placed a financial burden on BCC.
You may be wondering how you can help. There are several ways. First, you can provide a small donation towards the medical bills for these furbabies.
Second, BCC is in desperate need of foster homes for both short- and long-term placements for these kittens. If you’ve thought about fostering, but are concerned about making a long-term commitment, consider signing up to foster kittens short-term while their regular foster parents are vacationing this summer. We need temporary foster homes for 2 to 5 weeks at a time, as well as for permanent foster homes for longer-term placements. And lastly, we are looking for adoptive homes for our kittens.
Interested in donating to BCC? Visit our website at https://www.beltsvillecats.net/donate to donate through PayPal or Venmo, or mail a check to BBC, PO Box 942, Beltsville, MD 20704. Please specify if you want your donation to go toward medical expenses for kittens.
If you are interested in fostering for BCC, complete our application to foster at: http://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/foster/BCC/Cat.
If you are interested in adopting from BCC, check out the cats and kittens we have available for adoption on our Petfinder page at: https://www.petfinder.com/member/us/md/beltsville/beltsville-community-cats-md506/, and apply to adopt at: https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/BCC/Cat.