Thank you for your interest in the Maddie’s Fund/Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) Bottle Baby Program!
It is very rewarding to foster a bottle baby kitten or litter of bottle baby kittens. These babies are orphaned kittens that arrive at the East County Shelter (ECAS) in Dublin. They are brought to ECAS by the Animal Control officers or the public finds them and brings them to the Shelter.
The babies we take into the bottle baby program are newborn and up to 4 or 5 weeks of age. We take babies up to one pound into the bottle baby program. Kittens over 4-5 weeks of age and over one pound are taken into kitten program.
Our goal is to save their lives and keep them healthy and give them a chance to grow and get adopted.
The officers at the Shelter call us when the babies arrive at the Shelter. Our veterinarian examines then and then we call a bottle baby foster to pick them up.
When you pick-up a litter from us, we supply heating pads, formula, bottles, wet and dry food (for when they start to eat on their own), and a carrier/cage if you don’t have one.
We will train you at the time you pick up the kittens. If you are not comfortable with the litter you came to pick up you can wait to be called for another litter.
We are always available to answer questions via cell phones or e-mail. We also communicate via Skype (video call) so that our veterinarian can immediately “see” any problems with the kittens you may call about. No question is too small or silly to ask and we encourage our fosters to call us about any and all questions as it can make the difference between a healthy or sick kitten. Time is critical for a sick kitten.
We follow protocols as the kittens grow - we de-worm, vaccinate, apply flea treatment and test for leukemia and feline AIDS. Our veterinarian will coordinate all of the medical care and even makes house calls!
The kittens can be spayed/neutered and microchipped when they are two pounds. They are usually 8 to 10 weeks of age when this is done. They are then ready for adoption. Maddie's Fund/TVAR has veterinarians in Pleasanton, San Ramon and Livermore that spay/neuter and microchip for us.
We find forever homes for our kittens at PetSmart in Dublin and via our website.
The little bottle babies need fosters! If you have any questions about becoming a bottle baby foster, please call Kim Domerofski, Maddie’s Fund Foster Care Program Manager at (925) 310-5460 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to get started? Click here to fill out a Cat Foster Application! (Note: we have just one application for fostering felines of all ages, but don't worry - you'll be prompted on the form to specify that you're interested in fostering bottle babies)
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED!
Foster providers are always needed for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs.
We provide: Training on how to be a foster provider, food and medical care for your foster pets, and help in finding that perfect home. They just need a place to stay until they find their forever home!