Target: Matthew Bershadker, CEO of the ASPCA
Goal: Establish a nationwide kitten saving program for all shelters.
Kittens placed in shelters face one of the highest rates of euthanization in the United States. Kittens under the age of eight weeks are being euthanized in shelters by the hundreds of thousands each year. Animal shelters lack the proper housing and resources to care for kittens, especially those under the age of eight weeks who have compromised immune systems. When very young kittens are brought into the shelter, with or without their mother, they face many obstacles as shelters aren’t able to provide adequate care. This lack of care means that these kittens end up being euthanized.
Neonatal kittens require a lot of time and specific resources that shelters simply do not have. An unweaned kitten requires around-the-clock care and shelters don’t have the staffing to provide overnight care. This lack of overnight care often means that kittens cannot survive 24 hours in shelter facilities. Foster programs can provide the constant monitoring required, but even these cannot be successful if the shelters don’t provide the proper information to the foster volunteers. Another problem shelters face with young kittens is that they take up cage space until they are about eight weeks of age, when they can be spayed and put up for adoption. For shelters trying to adopt the highest number of animals that they can, this is an issue not to be taken lightly.
There is hope for neonatal kittens in shelters and with the proper training, shelter staff can provide adequate care to neonatal kittens and ensure they reach the adoptable age. Kitten advocates are dedicated to helping shelters receive proper training in the care of neonatal kittens, but even they need help in their efforts.
By signing this petition you will be urging the CEO of the ASPCA Matthew Bershadker to institute a nationwide kitten program to end the euthanization of kittens in animal shelters.
Dear Matthew Bershadker,
Hundreds of thousands of young kittens are euthanized in the United States every year because animal shelters lack the proper training and supplies to be able to adequately care for neonatal kittens. These kittens cannot survive 24 hours in a shelter due to their high needs requirements which most shelters cannot meet.
While foster programs are a great resource for any shelter to have, without the proper information, foster volunteers are just as lost when it comes to caring for young kittens. Many kitten advocates are pushing for the widespread training of proper kitten care techniques, but without a nationwide standard, kittens will continue to die.
I urge you to provide a nationwide kitten program that will end the euthanization of young kittens in shelters. Please be the leader in this movement to save these kittens and develop the resources that shelters need to help these young kittens find forever homes.
[Your Name Here]
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