The shelter staff want to be sure that you are fully prepared for the responsibility that surrounds caring for a bottle kitten baby. Before filling out the application, you must read over these guidelines so you know what your job will be when volunteering in our nursery.
Remember that there will be a mandatory training session to go over protocols and procedures.
Nursery volunteer job description:
Feeding kittens according to feeding procedures and sanitation protocols
Make accurate notes on the kittens daily care sheets
Clean kitten's cages according to protocols
Empty trash as needed
Wash dishes and do laundry as needed
Provide a clean, healthy and safe environment for the kittens within the nursery
Be emotionally prepared to care for fading kittens and those who pass away
When working within the nursery, you'll need to:
Keep kittens warm at all times
Provide kittens with adequate nutrition
Keep kittens clean at all times
Do your best to protect them from infectious disease
Stimulate them to urinate and defecate
Mother cats groom their kittens to stimulate urination and defecation on a regular basis. In the absence of their mothers, it becomes our responsibility. Kittens under three weeks of age won't be able to urinate and defecate on their own, so this is a crucial job.
Newborn kittens do not have fully developed immune systems, so they are susceptible to many illnesses and parasites, some of which they get from their mothers at birth. Kittens need proper care and attention to ensure that they grow up to be happy, healthy cats.
Part of your reward for taking such great care of our kittens includes snuggles which helps with their socialization which will make them more adoptable and easier to find new homes.
If you feel you can provide the care described above to our babies in the nursery, then you are ready to fill out the kitten nursery application.
You may NOT receive an email/confirmation that your application has been received but you WILL be contacted when you are approved to attend a training session.