Thank you for your interest in the 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 me, Carole, or Sally (the bottle baby program coordinators) when the babies arrive at the Shelter and we go immediately to pick them up bring them home check them out. We then call a bottle baby foster to come to one of our homes 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.
Sally and I are always available to answer questions by our cell phones or e-mail. No question is too small or silly to ask and we encourage our fosters to call us about any and all questions as it be 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. Fosters bring their kittens to my or Sally’s homes for these tests and treatments. All other medical needs are performed by Tri-Valley Animal Rescue’s veterinarians.
The kittens can be spayed/neutered, 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.
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 the TVAR website.
The little bottle babies need fosters. If you are interested in becoming a foster family or have any questions call or email:
Carole Leschinsky - 925.683.1956