The ASPCA New York Kitten Nursery reached a new milestone this year, caring for its 10,000th kitten. New York City opened the doors to its first high-volume kitten nursery in 2014 and is dedicated to neonatal kittens' care and treatment. Kittens under 8 weeks can be vulnerable and sometimes require constant care. Unfortunately, most shelters cannot provide this level of care due to limited resources. The ASPCA Kitten Nursery has provided lifesaving care to kittens in need with the help and support of foster caregivers.
The 10,000th kitten, named Zanzibar, a 10-week-old tabby kitten with orange fur, arrived at the ASPCA Kitten Nursery at only 4 weeks old from the Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) in need of specialized medical support. After being examined by the ASPCA veterinarian, Zanzibar was placed in the home of an experienced foster caregiver who was able to give her round-the-clock care and bottle feedings. Thanks to the support of her foster caregiver, Zanzibar is strong, healthy, and will soon be available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
"Reaching this 10,000-kitten milestone demonstrates how much we can accomplish when animal welfare organizations, foster caregivers, and veterinary professionals work together to address a life-threatening animal welfare challenge with the utmost compassion and determination."
This significant accomplishment comes during kitten season, a time of year when shelters nationwide are overwhelmed with vulnerable and newborn cats. Now more than ever, the ASPCA Kitten Nursery needs more foster caregivers to support kittens like Zanzibar who need frequent bottle feedings and specialized treatment. Learn more about how to foster kittens in New York City.