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Kitten Shower Returns and Turns Up the Heat for 2022 with Incubator Fundraiser

collage of four kittens, two grey tabby and two orange with white fur around their snouts

Kitten Shower Returns and Turns Up the Heat for 2022 with Incubator Fundraiser

collage of four kittens, two grey tabby and two orange with white fur around their snoutsTuesday, March 8, 2022: Hendersonville, NC – With spring-like weather returning to Western North Carolina, Blue Ridge Humane Society is preparing for the start of “kitten season” with their annual Kitten Shower on Saturday, March 26, 2022, 1pm-3pm at the 2nd Act in Hendersonville, NC. The event seeks to equip the Blue Ridge Humane Foster team with vital supplies and funds to care for the hundreds of kittens that will come through the doors of the rescue organization this year.

This year, Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique is matching donations up to $1,250 through March 26th to fund the purchase of two incubators for Blue Ridge Humane Society. Professional grade incubators run in the $1,200-$1,500 range, but the lifesaving capability they extend to the most vulnerable neonatal kittens and puppies is priceless. Kittens under 4 weeks of age cannot thermoregulate, and depend completely on an external heat source to keep their body at an appropriate temperature.

“Each year when we start to see the first signs of daffodils peeking up, we know that kitten season is just around the corner,” shares Angela Prodrick Blue Ridge Humane Society’s Executive Director.  “The local population of community or feral cats start having kittens who are then found by well-meaning animal lovers. They want to do what they can to help, which often leads to kittens without mothers being brought to local shelters, quickly overwhelming available space and resources. The addition of the sorely needed incubators means that we’ll be equipped to provide our community with an even higher level of medical care that is needed by the smallest neonates our Adoption Center takes in.”

Members of the public can help by donating and noting “incubator” or “kitten shower” in the notes, or by shopping for “kitten registry” items at your favorite pet supply store that can be dropped off or sent directly to the Adoption Center at 88 Centipede Ln, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

Registry items include:

  • Smart Pet Love Snuggle Kitty or Puppy with Heartbeat
  • Play pens for neonates
  • Hide-away cat beds
  • Kitten bottles and puppy bottles
  • Shaker Bottles
  • Cat Bowls
  • Miracle Nipples
  • 2 Nebulizers
  • Food Scales
  • Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Real Healthy Kitten Recipe Canned Cat Food
  • 4 Health All Life Stages Cat Kibble
  • Purina One Kitten Kibble
  • Baby Blankets
  • Heating pads and warming disks
  • 32 Oz Plastic Spray Bottles For Cleaning
  • Tissues
  • Baby wipes
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Litter boxes (all sizes)
  • Litter (clumping and non-clumping)

Items can be found at your favorite local pet supply store or on our Kitten Amazon Wish List.

Attendees to the Kitten Shower can also learn about what to do when you find kittens, find out about becoming a foster for cats or dogs, drop off donations, and of course, play kitten-themed games and enjoy refreshments from the 2nd Act.

“Kitten season is where shelters receive an influx of kittens due to the weather becoming warmer,” says Katie Thomas, Foster Coordinator with Blue Ridge Humane Society. “Kittens end up being orphaned for multiple reasons and without their mothers, these kittens are dependent on foster care. With so many kittens coming through the shelter at this time it is crucial to be as prepared as possible by receiving donations and accruing bottle-baby kitten fosters!”

For those interested in joining the Foster team, learn more at https://www.blueridgehumane.org/foster. All training, supplies, and support are provided to fosters from Blue Ridge Humane Society. Animal lovers can also learn what to do when they find kittens and how to evaluate when and how to intervene on a special kitten page on the Blue Ridge Humane Society website at www.blueridgehumane.org/kittens. Blue Ridge Humane can provide additional assistance and supplies for finders who can foster found kittens.

Blue Ridge Humane Society, Inc., is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization started in 1950 dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of life for animals in Henderson County and our neighboring communities. BRHS cares for pets awaiting adoption and in foster homes; offers low-cost vaccine clinics, animal education programs, pet training classes, and youth education and projects; coordinates community pet food assistance, emergency vet assistance, and the Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP), which is a collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and the Henderson County Animal Services Center.

If you believe in our cause, consider making a donation or learning how to volunteer by visiting the Blue Ridge Humane Society’s website at www.blueridgehumane.org or call (828) 692-2639.