Charlottesville, Virginia: On Saturday, July 21st from 1 to 3p.m. it will be all Kittens and Cupcakes for the kitten fostering open house at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Families are invited to come decorate cupcakes while learning about the SPCA’s life-saving foster program. Prizes will be awarded for the cupcake decorated most like a cat, kitten bottle-feeding demonstrations will be given, and experienced foster parents and staff will be available to answer questions about fostering. The majority of animals in the SPCA foster care program are babies too young to be placed for adoption. These kittens and puppies simply need a safe, nurturing environment where they can play and grow.
Summer is the breeding season for cats, which leads to unwanted kitten births. Historically, the SPCA takes in more than 1,200 homeless kittens each year, most of which arrive during the summer months. “With our limited resources, it would be impossible for the SPCA to care for all of these kittens without the hundreds of families that volunteer to foster kittens each year. Every foster home is truly saving a life. We could not be a No Kill Community without the help of these Community foster homes,” says SPCA Clinic Manager Michelle Hamlin. The SPCA provides the medical care, including all vaccinations, and assists new foster homes with whatever they may need. Hamlin says “most of our foster parents have found it to be an absolute joy, sharing their homes with playful kittens or puppies. Many families have also found their participation in the foster program to be very rewarding and a wonderful learning experience for their children.”
This event is free, but attendee are encouraged to bring a gift for the kittens from the “kitten wish list” found on the SPCA’s website.
The mission of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the lost, abandoned, and homeless animals of the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle and to increase the number of these animals being placed in appropriate, loving, and permanent homes through adoptions, foster care, and outreach and to set a standard of excellence and leadership in shelter animal care, humane education, and progressive animal welfare programs. For more information about the SPCA call 434-973-5959 or visit our website at www.caspca.org.