Although Spring officially began on March 20, many of us consider Easter the beginning of spring. In Richmond, Monument Avenue Easter on Parade is a spring tradition that begins a social calendar filled with outdoor activity and surrounded by the signs of renewed life — trees budding, bees buzzing, flowers blooming. Here at the Richmond SPCA, our seasonal signs of life began quite a few weeks ago with the arrival of the first infant kittens in need of around-the-clock bottle feeding.
Thanks to our thriving Meet the Fosters program, there were trained foster providers ready to take in those kittens and provide them with the care they need. It takes a tremendous amount of community support for this program to succeed. Last season more than 300 people provided foster care for 1,523 homeless pets, the majority of them kittens.
When foster providers take pets from the Richmond SPCA into their homes, we provide them with all the supplies they need, and to do this, we need your help! Visit our website to find our "registry," a list of all the items that are needed as we expect the arrival of many more infant kittens. These items will enable foster providers to give the best care and the best chance at a healthy, happy life to these innocent kittens.
Supplies from this wish list can be dropped off at our center any day during normal business hours, or bring your gifts next Saturday, April 14 and join us for refreshments during our Kitten Shower. You can also invite your Facebook friends to help.
Want to know more ways to help this kitten season? Look forward to more blogs this week that will focus on what to do when you find kittens outdoors, how to become a foster provider and more.
Tabitha Frizzell Hanes is the director of communications at the Richmond SPCA. To read the biographies of our regular bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our comment guidelines. Please note that our comment policy requires a first and last name to be used as your screen name.
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