The greatest way a shelter can save kittens is to develop an active foster program
This page is to (a) celebrate Hannah Shaw, a high profile rescue kitten advocate and rescuer and (b) to promote her desire that animal shelters expand or develop an active foster program to save the lives of rescue kittens who are particularly vulnerable at shelters.
She says that shelters often don’t have the resources to adequately care for kittens. Kittens are high demand in terms of time and facilities. They are therefore vulnerable in the animal shelter environment.
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The video explains her work:
Hannah and the USDA cat testing debacle
I saw Hannah Shaw in a photograph with a couple of senators celebrating the victory against the USDA over their long and cruel toxoplasmosis research program during which young cats were fed infected cat meat believe it or not. The tested cats were killed and incinerated when the researchers were finished with them.
There was a great campaign and the senators concerned (see photo) deserve a lot of praise. I did not know that Hannah Shaw was involved. She looks nice in the photo. A symbol of independent-minded women fighting for cat welfare wherever it is needed.
I love that kind of female face: defiant in the face of endemic abuse as was the case with the USDA testing facility ARS.
I don’t know how many animal shelters use foster carers. Foster care means that people associated with a shelter use their home and time to look after rescued cats and kittens which frees up space at the shelter. It forms a network of support volunteers which makes the shelter more effective. The volunteers are experienced in animal care and knowledgeable.
I suppose, too, that taking cats and kittens out of the shelter to a person’s home isolates them from the hurly-burly of animal shelter life which is stressful for cats. I guess a good foster home is sometimes better than being at the shelter.
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