Featured Rescue: Esther Neonatal Kitten Alliance

  1. How long has the shelter been operating, and what motivated its establishment?

Esther Neonatal Kitten Alliance was founded in 2019 to provide care to the youngest, sickest, and most injured kittens – ones who are the most likely to be turned away by other organizations due to a lack of training or resources.

  1. How many cats do you typically have in your care at any given time, and what types of cats do you rescue (e.g., strays, abused, abandoned)?

We generally have 35-40 animals in our care at any given time. Our numbers stay low because of the intensive care many of our animals require. In 2023, 80% of the animals we rescued were too young to be weaned (under 5 weeks old) or were severely injured or ill when they arrived.

  1. How are volunteers involved in your shelter, and what roles do they play in caring for the cats? How would someone apply?

Volunteers and fosters are a very important part of the work we do. Volunteers help in so many ways, including animal care at our facility, driving animals to and from medical appointments, helping with events, data entry, etc. And fosters, of course, are able to give kittens the one-on-one care they need and deserve in a loving home.

Volunteer application: www.kittenalliance.org/volunteer

Foster application: www.kittenalliance.org/foster

  1. Are there any success stories or particularly heartwarming adoption stories that you’d like to share?

We have so many great success stories I could share, but one of my very favorites from this year is about a kitten named Wesley who came to us when she was about 3 weeks old. The person who found her was bottle feeding her, but had severely aspirated her (that’s when formula goes into the lungs instead of the belly) in the process. By the time she arrived, Wesley was suffering from a severe case of pneumonia, was lethargic, and she had milk bubbling out of her nose. It was so bad that when we left for the vet, we believed the most humane thing to do was to euthanize her so she would no longer be suffering. But as we were driving, she began to perk up and she quickly showed us how strong she was and how very determined she was to live!

The next couple of weeks were a whirlwind as we worked around the clock to save her life. Her care included tube feeding, syringe feeding, and bottle feeding, time in an oxygen chamber, and strong antibiotics.

Over the two months she spent with us she grew into a strong, healthy kitten and was eventually adopted by a family who absolutely adores her.

  1. How do you fund your operations? Do you depend on donations or other sources of funding? How can people contribute to your organization?

While we do receive some small grants, the bulk of the work we do is a result of donations. We’re so grateful to our community who helps save so many little lives.

People can make a donation to the kittens at www.kittenalliance.org/donate or via PayPal at info@kittenalliance.org.

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