Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has expanded its neonatal kitten nursery that opened last summer in a revolutionary approach to saving the lives of Palm Beach County’s newborn kittens that require 24-hour care to survive.
With the expansion of the kitten nursery, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League now has additional space for the most at-risk orphans.
The concept for the nursery came during last year’s incredibly busy kitten season. When kittens are brought into the shelter, often only hours old, the League previously had to rely on the help from foster families to care for the kittens that required around-the-clock care and feeding.
“First, when you see newborn kittens, resist the urge to take them to a shelter,” says Rich Anderson, executive director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “That is actually the last thing you should do. Most discoveries of newborn kittens don’t call for human assistance. No intervention is generally best until kittens can eat on their own.”
Many neonate kittens still end up at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. After receiving critical care in the kitten nursery, they are placed with the more than 200 foster families who are currently assisting the League to get these kittens ready for adoption.
The nursery can now hold up to 80 kittens at any given time and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by employees of Peggy Adams as well as dedicated volunteers – all specially trained in bottle-feeding and the unique care that is involved in nurturing neonates.
“This expansion of the kitten nursery will cost in excess of $200,000 but it’s something we felt we had to do to save more lives,” says Anderson. “We are hopeful the community will help support this lifesaving effort.”
For more information about the kitten nursery or fostering, please go online to PeggyAdams.org.