ALACHUA COUNTY - Kitten season is here. Feral cats breed in cycles. The largest cycle occurs in early April. This increased breeding causes an influx of kittens born in the Alachua County area with no immediate homes to care for them. Foster families and permanent homes are in desperate and immediate need.
The Maddie’s Pet Rescue of Alachua County partner agencies rescue these kittens, removing them from the streets and environments in which many of them will not survive. Most of these rescued kittens will be at an age where they will need to be bottle fed and nurtured.
Maddie’s Pet Rescue of Alachua County is a non-profit organization consisting of six area animal rescue groups— Alachua County Animal Services, Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue, Inc., Haile’s Angel Pet Rescue, Helping Hands Pet Rescue and Puppy Hill Farm Pet Rescue. This local organization finds permanent homes for about 300 animals each month.
The partner agencies are in search for foster parents who are willing to help care for these very young kittens. Experience is not required, as the partner agencies have highly trained staff who will teach the correct way to nurse these young kittens and prepare them for adoption. Being a foster parent is an extremely rewarding experience for singles as well as families.
For more information about becoming a foster parent or to sign up, contact Chase Wiley at the Alachua County Humane Society, (352) 373-5855, ext. 15 or visit www.maddiespetrescueofalachua.org