Milan is a kitten that is being given up for adoption at A Kitten Place.
By Meghan Reyes
Kitten season starts in early March and hundreds of kittens are born homeless every year and continue to give birth on the streets.
A Kitten Place is an organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and orphaned kittens and cats in the Tampa Bay area. It was founded in August 2019 by Michelle Bass and Alicia Pollock.
“Myself and Alicia have volunteered for several rescue organizations over the years and we’ve learned a lot about the world of rescue,” said Bass.
A kitten place has been established to focus on the “bottle baby” kittens and kittens in need of intensive care. Since then, juvenile and pregnant cats have also been accepted. Its goal is to create a safe environment for the last litter of a cat to be born. After birth, the mother and kittens are neutered and neutered when they reach the appropriate age. A Kitten Place also rescues kittens in dire need of medical care.
“We’ll find a home for the kittens,” said Bass. “Depending on the mother’s behavior, we will either find a loving home for her or bring her back to her original home outdoors.”
A Kitten Place has a group of over 40 volunteers and offers care programs for volunteers to take on house rescues and provide them with basic care. Volunteer carers are also responsible for ensuring that the kittens receive adequate socialization. Volunteers can help with operations, planning and coordination, data management and transportation of rescued animals.
“We rescued kittens in need of life-saving surgery, amputees, pregnant and injured cats, kittens with severe malnutrition and parasitic infection, among many other ICU cases,” said Bass.
A kitten place also accepts cases with special needs, such as Milan, a juvenile kitten that was on the euthanasia list at the county shelter. He was positive for scabies, ringworm, and panleukopenia – a virus that can be fatal to cats and kittens. A Kitten Place saved Milan from the shelter and after caring for it he is now in very good health, waiting for his eternal family to find him.
Visit A Kitten Place’s website at https://akittenplace.org/ or the Facebook page @michlbasskittens.