The Issue: Care for Orphaned Kittens and Puppies
When kittens and puppies are under eight weeks old, their immune systems haven't fully developed. In addition to requiring special formula or milk from their mothers, they're at a serious risk of illness. Without proper care, homeless and orphaned kittens and puppies have a low chance of survival. Yet, through foster programs, these animals can not only survive, but they can become socialized enough for an adoptive home.
The Campaign: Providing Formula and Vaccines
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Wayside Waifs to care for rescued kittens and puppies. Every $20 raised will provide one week of formula for one puppy or kitten. Every $28 raised will provide one week of formula plus vaccines for one puppy or kitten. Kittens and puppies who are not brought in with their mother need formula until about seven weeks—an expense the shelter covers for the foster families who tend to these future companions. All animals who enter the shelter also receive a round of vaccinations that includes rabies and FVRCP for kittens, and rabies, DA2PP, and bordetella for puppies.
Every year more than 6,500 animals enter Wayside Waifs, incapable of surviving on their own. They're injured or sick, mothers with babies, or orphans too young to feed themselves. But the shelter takes them all in. It even outsources—entrusting the youngest and most vulnerable to foster families who care for them and dote on them until they're old enough and socially ready to seek adoption.
At that point, the animals move back to the shelter. There they enjoy all the privileges of an adopted pet: dogs go on lengthy walks around a 50-acre campus, hear soothing spa music indoors, and play in a 5,000-square-foot fenced-in agility park; while cats lounge on towers in the sun room, sleep on plush beds in cage-free kennels, and play iPad games with a volunteer. As a result of this loving treatment, the animals are happy and healthy once it's time to move in with new families.