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Foster Heroes Needed!

Kitten season is here and you can help!Foster kitten

Be a foster hero and help these little ones get a good start in life. We’ll provide training, support, and all the supplies. You provide the TLC. Training sessions are held monthly, moving between our two shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown. Interested? Call or email to learn more: volunteering@bcspca.org or 267-347-4674

The typical foster commitment is 2-6 weeks.

Learn more about our foster program here.

“Fostering is one of the best feelings. I love giving the kittens a good chance to grow up and be adopted into forever homes. By helping foster you are freeing up room for more rescues. A win-win!”
– BCSPCA foster volunteer

 

Welcome Natalie – Our New Director of Community Outreach

NatalieDiGiacomo (1) (3)Natalie DiGiacomo, Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), M.S., has joined the Bucks County SPCA in the newly created role of Director of Community Outreach. Natalie comes to the BCSPCA from the Humane Society of the United States, where she was the Director of Shelter Services.

Natalie brings twenty-four years of experience to her new position, serving companion animals at the local, regional, and national level. Her background includes program development and management with an emphasis on community outreach as well as research into issues related to proactive animal sheltering. She has a Master’s degree in Animals and Public Policy and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator.

As the Director of Community Outreach, her immediate focus will be will evaluating and overseeing existing programs, including the foster, volunteer, animal behavior, humane education, and animal transfer programs. In addition, Natalie will oversee growth in the new areas of offsite adoptions and prevention of owner relinquishment.  “The commitment of my new colleagues, volunteers, and generous community supporters is inspiring”, commented DiGiacomo.  “BCSPCA already casts a wide safety net for animals in our community; I look forward to helping it grow stronger and wider.”

“I am excited to welcome Natalie to the Bucks County SPCA,” says Linda Reider, Executive Director. “With her help we will expand our reach beyond the doors of our two animal care centers, to care for and protect even more animals in the communities we serve.”

Volunteer Viewpoints: Adoptions

Think you know how adoption decisions are made? Take a peek behind the scenes with this edition of Volunteer Viewpoints, written by Justin Palatsky who volunteers in the Upper Bucks shelter Cat Adoption Room.

I was helping a family decide on the right cats.  They wanted to adopt two at once, which is always awesome when potential adopters say they’re looking to adopt two.  I know all the volunteers/workers in ear-shot perk up when we hear that.  Anyway, I showed them a black and white (cow-patterned) cat named Buddy who was on the adoption floor for I think just a few hours.  I interacted with Buddy a few minutes before the family came and realized he would not last long with such a friendly personality as his.

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Shy Candy Cane got a new home when fellow feline Buddy chose her to be his friend

Well, once in the visiting room he makes his rounds and headbutts everyone as expected.  He soon settles down in the mother’s lap and Buddy thinks he’s adopted already.

So, onto the cat #2.  We try a couple of others that the father liked but there wasn’t that instant spark like with Buddy.  So I tell them about a shy cat named Candy Cane (a small brown tabby).  You could hold her forever.  I bring Candy Cane into the visiting room and put her in the middle of the floor while keeping my hands on her to provide a little safety net.  Buddy runs right over to her and licks her forehead.  He didn’t do that to the other cats I brought in.

The family is unanimously and instantly sold.  Buddy and Candy Cane go home together and I can only assume they rule the house side-by-side now.

Save Some Small, Furry Lives This Spring

kitten stay for webEvery year kitten season starts in the spring and brings hundreds of baby cats to our doors. Kittens under 10 weeks or so are placed in foster care, where they can learn all about living with a family and their immune systems have a chance to develop before coming to the shelter to find their forever homes. By fostering these little ones you are giving  them the best chance at a long, happy and healthy life.

What is Involved with Fostering?

You provide a calm nurturing environment where the kittens can flourish and become well socialized. We’ll set you up with the cat supplies you need, and cover the cost of food and other necessities. Cats and kittens need to come to the Bucks County SPCA at scheduled intervals for routine vaccines and worming. Whenever possible, cats and kittens will be tested for feline leukemia before being fostered.

Best of all you’ll get weeks of cute buzz-y purrs, soft kneading paws and heart-melting gazes from your foster kittens.

How do I become a Foster Parent?

Come to one of our Kitten Foster Orientations

Please note new date Tuesday, April 7 at 6 pm at our Lahaska shelter, 1665 Street Road (Please register so we know how many people to expect).

Thursday, April 2 at 6 pm at our Upper Bucks shelter, 60 Reservoir Road, Quakertown (Please register so we know how many people to expect)

Can’t attend? No problem, simply call your closest shelter. 215.794.7425 for the Lahaska shelter or 267.347.4674 for Upper Bucks and ask about fostering kittens.

 Can I Help if I can’t Foster?

Absolutely! Please consider donating an item from our
Kitten Season Wish List:

  • Canned Cat/Kitten food(prefer Pate style)
  • Dry Kitten food
  • Non-Clumping litter
  • KMR Milk Replacement Powder
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • Small cat beds
  • Fleece baby blankets
  • Toys (ie: springs, balls, mice etc.)
  • Pet store gift cards
  • Small stainless steel bowls
  • Shallow litter boxes