Foster families needed to provide love, care for abandoned kittens at Humane Society


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Michelle Deaton expects to have 600 to 700 kittens available for adoption this year through the Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa.

Viera Voice Julie Sturgeon

 

If you love kittens and want to help them find homes, make plans to attend the Itty-Bitty Kitty Committee workshop this month.

The kitten workshop is free and takes place at the Brevard Humane Society’s Cocoa Adoption Center on Cox Road. The workshops are held every month to accommodate hundreds of kittens needing homes.

Participants will learn first aid, proper feeding of kittens, stimulation, litter box training and other essential skills for kitty care. Cleaning and flea control, weight gain, weaning and developmental milestones also will be discussed.

“The Itty-Bitty Kitten program teaches people how to care for kittens, from newborns up to 8 weeks of age, and nursing mothers as well,” said Michelle Deaton, foster and rescue coordinator.

There are many orphaned kittens in Brevard County that need experienced foster families knowledgeable on how to love and care for them. Every year about 100 foster kittens are added to the program. Every kitty in the foster program gets spayed, neutered and put up for adoption.

“It really depends on the community as to how many kittens need homes,” Deaton said. “It’s the public that finds the kittens and brings them to us.”

Foster parents can choose to care for one to eight kittens, depending on their schedule. Bottle babies must be hand fed every two to three hours, while older kittens need less care. Foster families can designate their preference during the workshop.

“We have anywhere from 20 to 25 people signing up a month,” Deaton said. “Last year, in 2017, we took in over 500 kittens through this program.”

The date of the next “Itty Bitty Kitty Committee” Kitten Workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 22. The workshop will be held at the Brevard Humane Society at 1020 Cox Road. There will be an “Itty Bitty Kitty Shower” from 1 to 3 p.m. April 15.

In addition to the workshop, an Itty-Bitty Kitty shower will raise donations for kitten supplies.

Supplies are provided to foster families, so all they need to contribute is their time. The Adoption Centers currently are in need of bleach and liquid laundry detergent (any kind).

For information, contact Deaton at 321-636-3343, ext. 219 or foster.program@brevardhumanesociety.com. VV