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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Got Names?

Naming the kittens that come in is one of the perks we get here at PHS. Follow the link to join in on the kitten naming fun and donate to our kitten foster program! pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines


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Frequently Asked Questions

Day 6 of our Fund the Felines fundraiser! Today we’ll be sharing some videos about our foster program, caring for neonatal kittens and more! Head pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines/ to help us reach our goal for this fundraiser! Every donation helps. 🐾♥️
 
 
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Caring for Neonatal Kittens

One of our fosters has cared for many neonatal kittens and put together this video to show you how to bottle feed them! We are always looking for more fosters and people able to care neonate kittens. To learn more about our foster program or to apply click on our foster tab!
 
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Help Us Help Them

Support kittens like these, and many more, by donating today! You can donate by texting felines to 50155 or by clicking the link here https://pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines/
Help us reach our goal so we can help save more kittens!

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What's In Our Kitten Kits!

Check out this video of one of our foster coordinators showing some of the items from our Amazon wish list and why they are so important! Consider donating today or ordering an item from our wish list, head to pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines/

 

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500 Kittens Need Your Help

Kitten season means there are kittens in need. In need of homes, in need of food, in need of love and care. Join the Pensacola Humane Society as we work to save 500 kittens this year. Click the link here pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines/ to donate to the Fund the Felines fundraiser today!

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The Final Day but Not The Last Chance

It's the last day of our Fund the Felines Fundraiser! We have a big goal to reach to help 500 kittens this year and we need YOU to help us get there. Consider donating today or share this post to help spread the word! Text felines to 50155 to donate or click here to view the donation packages and Amazon Wish List https://pensacolahumane.org/fund-the-felines/ Every little bit helps!

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We Need Incubators! 

Incubators are great for many reasons, here are just a few of them. Something like this would be extremely helpful to our facility to help with all the young kittens that come in. Consider donating one today from our Amazon Wish List!

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Glow Worm Fosters Needed! 

Did you know that ringworm isn't actually a worm? It's a fungus that got it's name from the circular rings of patchy skin that it gives its victims. While ringworm isn't the end of the world if treated, the treatment does take at least 21 days to clear up. Kittens are especially vulnerable to this ailment because of their under developed immune systems. Signing up to be a Glow Worm Foster (affectionately named because ringworm fluoresces under a black light) keeps kittens out of the shelter which protects them from any other illness or disease while their immune system is especially compromised as well as protecting any other animals from potentially being infected and causing them to miss out on their furever home. The Pensacola Humane Society will provide sanitation products, medications, kennels, and all other materials necessary to make your journey with our ringworm kittens as painless as possible! https://pensacolahumane.org/foster/


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Can't Donate but Want to Help? 

Didn't have the chance to participate in our Fund The Felines event? Don't worry! It's not too late to help! While we always need supplies we also need homes. Underage kittens are our most vulnerable population and housing them at the shelter puts them at risk for diseases, malnutrition, and leaves them unsupervised for longer than they can handle. PHS, thanks to the donations from our community, will provide all of the supplies you need to make sure that the kittens you foster will grow to be happy, bouncing, purr machines!
Sign up at www.pensacolahumane.org/foster


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