Hello potential foster care volunteers! My name is Alexa Johnson, and I have been working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project to increase the number of foster care volunteers providing care to orphaned kittens at the Richmond SPCA.
I have fostered a total of eight kittens this summer and fall, six over the summer and then two just recently that are now back at the Richmond SPCA waiting to be adopted. Take note: two is much easier than six!
Foster care is extremely important to the lives of thousands of kittens. Foster care volunteers take care of kittens from the Richmond SPCA until they are old enough and healthy enough to be adopted. This makes room for the Richmond SPCA to transfer kittens out of area government shelters where their fate is uncertain and come to the Robins-Starr Humane Center. The time that foster care is most important is during “kitten season,” which is traditionally April-September. But because of the warm winters, kitten season is reaching past September and into October and November.
During the summer, students, teachers and others take part in fostering, enabling 973 kittens to be placed in temporary foster homes just this past summer. However, in the fall, after the return to school and our busy schedules, it is imperative not to forget about the kittens that still need fostering at the Richmond SPCA. There are still kittens that need your help!
Despite being a junior in high school, working after school and my mom working full time, we managed to take in two more kittens in September. If we can do it, so can you! So as your schedules pick up and you become busy again for fall, please do not forget about all the kittens that need your help now more than ever!
Sign up for the upcoming Meet the Fosters training workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 26 to learn how you can get involved in the Richmond SPCA’s lifesaving foster program. Infant kittens as well as adult dogs and cats rely on our volunteer foster care program for socialization, recuperation after an illness or injury and for respite from the shelter. www.richmondspca.org/foster
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