Kitten season has started again. Already.
These kittens are the first two kittens to arrive at the Dublin SPCA this year. They are three weeks old and it is believed their mother was killed by a car. A kind member of the public brought them to the shelter knowing they could never survive on their own.
They are currently being fostered and fed every few hours by hand. When they are old enough they will be vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and put up for adoption. When they are six months old they will be neutered.
If you are interested in fostering kittens, cat, puppies or dogs you can read more here. Fosteres form an integral part of the animal rescue system at the DSPCA. Because the shelter is essentially a working hospital, and these very small kittens have weak immune systems, they are put into a foster home until they are ready for their vaccinations. With other cats and dogs they may need some TLC, a bit of socialising or may need some time to recover from an illness like ear mites or ringworm for example.
Fostering is a great thing to do if you can’t commit to having an animal full time, although you will need to be available to come back to the shelter regularly-ish if the animal needs treatment.
The milk used to feed these, and other kittens that will find their way to the shelter, is very expensive. If you would like to donate please contact the Dublin SPCA at www.dspca.ie.