Fund The Felines

For 2021, Pensacola Humane Society is setting a goal of helping 500 kittens during kitten season, but we need your help! The estimated cost of this is just under $34,000. This will go to providing our foster families and their kittens with all the supplies that they need. You can help support our cause by donating using the form below, purchasing items from our Amazon wishlist, becoming a foster for our neonatal kittens or sharing our cause with your friends and family! Follow our Fund The Felines journey on Facebook and Instagram from 02/22 to 03/01!  Did you miss the virtual event? You can still donate and see all of our posts below! 

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The Goal

In 2019 PHS took in 310 kittens -181 were under 8 weeks old and 129 were over 8 weeks old. In 2020 PHS took in 317 kittens - 148 were under 8 weeks old 169 were over 8 weeks old. For 2021 our goal is to be able to help 500 kittens! The estimated cost of this is just under $34,000. Starting today we are kicking off our Fund the Felines Fundraiser to start raising money and supplies to reach this goal. Will you join us? Head to our website and click on the Fund the Felines button at the top of the page to see our Amazon wishlist or to donate! pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines Throughout the week we will be sharing stories about our kitten foster program, caring for neonate kittens and more! Stay tuned on our social media and help us reach our goal by sharing posts!
 
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Kittens Need Formula!

Depending on their age, bottle fed kittens eat anywhere from 4-10 times, intaking 15-160mL of formula a DAY! Kittens do a lot of growing and changing during the first few months of life, so having a nutritional and reliable formula is essential when they do not have a mother around to give them the real thing. We have chosen Breeder’s Edge as our kitten formula and are happy with it’s ratings and nutritional value. It contains all necessary ingredients to promote eye and heart health, good bacteria in the gut, and immune boosting properties. Everything our teeny tiny orphaned warriors need! You can order formula for our kittens here!
 
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Become A Kitten Foster

Have you ever had the opportunity to grow itty bitty babies into flourishing kittens? It’s a one of a kind feeling to watch them go from wobbly babes to steady and confident mini-cats. Sign up to foster with the Pensacola Humane Society and chase that feeling over and over again. Follow this link to become a foster hero today: www.pensacolahumane.org/foster
 
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How Do I Know When to Help?

It's hard to know what to do when you see small, vulnerable kittens outside. It's important to know how to help them to give them the best chance of staying fed and warm. Check out these tips from Alley Cat Allies about the best way to handle situations like these. Click the link here to read more: Alley Cat Allies Article on What To Do If you Find Kittens Outdoors
 
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More On Finding Kittens Outdoors

Another great resource from Alley Cat Allies is this chart on what to do if you find kittends outside. Check it out and head to their website to learn more! You can also view more resources on our website here: https://pensacolahumane.org/resources/community-cats/
 
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Feeding Tiny Kittens

Tiny mouths need tiny life like nipples! Miracle nipples mimic the exact shape and feel of a mother cat's and are designed to reduce aspiration that often happens when humans attempt to hand-rear neonatal kittens. These mini nipples make feeding very easy and effective while increasing the survival rate of small orphaned babies. We try our best to send every bottle kitten or litter with a care kit to help their foster have all essential and necessary items, including a few miracle nipples. Having these are vital in order to raise healthy happy kittens! Donate Tiny Nipples to Tiny Mouths Here!
 
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Goodbye Can Be A Good Thing

"I could never foster, it would be too hard to say goodbye!" We hear this a lot, but trust us, it feels even better when you see the animal you love so much going into a wonderful home. Check out what one of our fosters had to say when she saw these sweet feline friends get adopted: "I’m only just starting this foster journey but, as hard as it was to return Tinsel and Grinch after Christmas, I was THRILLED that they got adopted right after that. I was surprised at how happy I was for them. There’s a line from Louise Penny’s books that says “surprised by joy”. That’s it for me." Head to our website to learn more about fostering or to submit an application! https://pensacolahumane.org/foster/
 
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Name A Kitten Fundraiser

Have a favorite character, food, vacation spot, or baby name and would like to dedicate it to a fluffy, adorable, smoosh face kitten? Head to pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines to submit your kitten names and to help raise money for kitten season!
 
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#PHSandMe

Check out this #PHSandMe story from one of our amazing fosters Sarah "I have gone through a lot of change in my life, especially lately; being a military family, we move around a lot, and coupled with recently giving birth to my daughter, my life looks very different than it did prior to her birth. We moved across the country, I had to quit my job, and then of course COVID happened. The one thing that has always been the same has been my volunteer work fostering neonatal kittens. No matter where I am or what else is going on in the world, I can always center myself around the tiny purrs, the soft meows, and the routine of feeding them every few hours around the clock. Helping these most vulnerable of beings to survive and thrive feeds my very soul, and fulfills me in a way that no other work possibly can. It can be difficult, tiresome, and bittersweet, but knowing that I have helped to save their lives makes it all worth it. Fostering the bottle babies actually helped me to adjust to motherhood very easily; I was already used to waking up at all hours in the night to feed a tiny creature that totally relied on me! Fostering has also brought me my most amazing boy, the cat companion that I always dreamed of. Thank you to PHS for allowing me the honor of helping them truly make a difference." To become a foster head to our website and submit an application! https://pensacolahumane.org/foster/
 
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Caring For Neonatal Kittens

So you found a litter of abandoned babies or are looking to foster for an organization? Tiny mews, fluffy butts and mini toe beans...neonatal kittens are definitely some of the cutest in our book! But they also need a lot of care and a few necessary items. Keeping them fed, warm, cozy, clean, and happy is key in raising a healthy thriving kitty! Check out these facts and tips for caring for neonatal kittens! Feel like you may want to foster neonates or maybe learn a bit more in depth information? Email us and we'd love to answer all your questions! foster@pensacolahumane.org
 
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Rule #1: Weigh Your Kittens! 

One of the most important things you can do to make sure that your kitten is healthy and thriving is weigh them! It's the easiest way to know if your kitten is eating enough or if they are sick. Kittens start out weighing about 100 grams and over the next 4 weeks should steadily gain weight until they are at the 1 pound mark.
Because of this, one of the more important items on our wish list is a digital scale that weighs in grams. Measuring your kittens weight in grams is the most accurate way to track how much they've lost or gained simply because they're so tiny! Help us keep these kittens on the path to happy and healthy adult cats by donating a scale today! 
 
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Why You Should Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Why should you spay and neuter your pets? We'll let Sarah, one of our neonate fosters, answer that question for you! By making your your pets, specifically cats, are spayed or neutered you are helping to control the amount of animals who don't have to go into shelters. Helping with TNR programs and working on getting your community cats spayed or neutered is another huge way to help control the cat population and limit the amount of cats or kittens that have to go into a shelter.
 
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Rule #2 Keep Those Beans Warm!

One of the most crucial part of getting a kitten out of the danger zone is keeping them warm! Kittens under 5 weeks of age cannot regulate their body temperature on their own. It's also very dangerous to feed a kitten that is too cold or too hot as their bodies stop being able to properly process the formula. While a rice pack will work for short periods, and heating pads can be used but put the kitten at risk of being burned, we prefer to use Snuggle Safes! These microwave safe disks can stay warm for up to 10 hours and stay at the perfect temp to keep our babies safe and healthy without risk of burning. They can also be safely sanitized and used between litters, where rice packs and heating pads cannot. Would you like to spend your days knowing that you were the difference in a kittens life? Order one from our Amazon Wish List today!
 
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Fostering Myths: You CAN Foster

Maybe you have concerns or hesitations about becoming a foster, we get it! There are a lot of reasons why you might be nervous about it, but we are here to help the process be as easy as possible. Check out some of these foster myths that we hear all the time. Still have questions? Email us at foster@pensacolahumane.org and we'd be happy to talk to you! Interested in becoming a foster? Great! Click the link here to learn more or apply: pensacolahumane.org/foster
 
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Let Mom Do All The Work for You

It is so important for kittens to stay with their mommas and why it's so important that we need fosters to take in nursing moms! Caring for a mama cat and her kits may seem more daunting that caring for just the kittens by themselves, but really it's like having a live in nanny! Is it time to feed the kittens? Mom is on it. Is it time to clean or stimulate the babies? Mama's here! Did the kittens get too far from the nest? Don't worry, mother will protect them. All you have to do is make sure that mom is fed and that you're weighing the kittens twice a day to make sure everyone is getting enough food.
 
Mom also provides so much more the kittens. While we can provide milk replacement formula for kittens without moms nothing is better for them than moms milk. Just like with human infants mom's milk provides nutrients, antibodies, and boosts their immune system. We are always looking for people to foster nursing moms with their kittens, interested in learning more or signing up to be a potential foster? Click the link here https://pensacolahumane.org/foster/
 
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The Facts About Community Cats

How much do you know about community cats? Check out some of these facts from Alley Cat Allies about community cats and head to our resources page, pensacolahumane.org/resources or www.alleycat.org/ to learn more! If you're interested in our TNR program please email help@pensacolahumane.org
 
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Tiny Kittens Need Tiny Homes!

Keeping your neonates warm and contained is so very important. When they're under 4 weeks one of the best places to keep them safe is a top loading cat carrier for a couple of reasons. The area is small which makes it really easy to maintain the warmth needed for kittens this age that can't regulate their own body temperature. These carriers are hard sided which helps protect them from any accidents in their environment. These are also meant to be portable, so if you're nursing neonate kittens it's so easy to bring them from room to room or what have you. Help us keep our neonatal kittens safe and travel ready by donating a top loading cat carrier today!

 

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