The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is hosting its third annual month-long “kitten shower” (a play on the traditional baby shower) to prepare for the fast approaching newborn kitten season.
Through the end of April, the community is invited to bring donations to the shelter to help care for this year’s incoming kittens. The most urgently needed donations are KMR powder or liquid kitten milk replacer, Yesterday’s News kitty litter, Purina Pro Plan dry kitten food and Purina Pro Plan wet pate kitten food (no seafood flavors, please).
Kitten season typically starts when the weather warms and intact cats reproduce at a more rapid rate than they do during more frigid temperatures. Continuing during the spring and summer, it is not uncommon for HSWC’s number of animal intakes to quadruple at any time during the busy season. Because infant animals require more time and resources than adults, they are typically cared for offsite by volunteer foster families until they are ready for adoption.
“Most of the supplies we are able to give to foster families each year come from the Kitten Shower,” said Karen Poston, Foster Care Coordinator. “We need your help to make sure our foster families have everything they need to save these kittens’ lives.”
Members of the HSWC Foster Care program will launch the donation drive with a special Kitten Shower Kick-Off Party on Saturday, April 6 from 1 – 3:00 pm at the shelter. The public is invited to attend the party and is encouraged to bring a donation. Everyone in attendance will receive a raffle ticket, and additional raffle tickets will be given for every donation. There will be snacks, shower-themed games, and prizes. Miss Maryland Collegiate America 2019, Megan Kiley, and Miss Maryland High School America, Janelle Armstrong, will be helping with children’s activities at the event.
HSWC invites anyone who donates toward the Kitten Shower through April 30 to submit a name that will be given to a kitten who enters the shelter this kitten season!
Anyone who would like to donate to the foster program or become a foster parent can contact the Foster Care Team at FosterCare@hswcmd.org or call 301-733-2060 ext. 215.