Kitty Devore Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to rescue and find homes for all “friendly” cats and kittens who find themselves detained in the Devore Animal Shelter in San Bernardino, California. KD is not affiliated with the Devore Animal Shelter in any way. They simply chose that shelter to help.
In recent months, KD has lost several fosters due to illness, life events, and military transfers. According to Renée Mc Elwee, president of Kitty Devore Rescue, “Right now we are going through a really tough time. For various reasons we have had fosters that have had some serious life issues come up that have prevented them from seeing their foster commitments through. “
The cats these foster parents were caring for had to be transferred to other fosters, taking up much needed space. There is no more room at the inn.
“And so, our number of displaced foster kitties in our care has risen. We don't believe in pulling more kitties from the shelter if our own in our care that we have a duty to be there for and give our all to are in limbo. They all have temporary foster homes but they do need longer term fosters. Until we have them all placed into new foster homes, we cannot responsibly pull more cats,” Mc Elwee continued.
So now the potential cats and kittens of Kitty Devore Rescue are in trouble, deadly trouble. There are few choices for rescue.
“When this happens, we do impose a suspension from pulling more cats into the KD foster fold. Thankfully, KD is also comprised of several heads of rescue of other rescue groups and thanks to these amazing people, we have been able to continue to save the kitties from Devore - because we will pull for KD rescue partners and we will pull for solid and approved adopters who ask us to help them adopt on their behalf because they, themselves, cannot make it to the shelter to do it. Thankfully, too, it's a slow time of year when intake numbers are low,” says Mc Elwee
It is kitten season and Kitty Devore Rescue simply does not have enough fosters to take on additional cats and kittens. That means, plainly stated, highly adoptable, loving mommas and their babies will die if fosters do not come forward. KD has already pulled the first momma cat and six kittens for a rescue partner.
Mc Elwee went on to say, “Personally, I have nightmares every night during kitten season. Everyone on the team wants to save every cat we can and it kills us when a single one of them goes down. With our hands tied due to displaced kitties, we are very concerned and worried. Right now, we haven't had a lot of requests for foster applications for new incoming people interested in fostering. And even if we did, we would have to place our current kitties who need new long-term foster homes with them first. Only when the last displaced foster cat is placed in a loving home can we lift the suspension and resume pulling cats from Devore into the KD fold.”
If you are interested in fostering for Kitty Devore Rescue, you can find more information here. Kitty Devore provides training and pays for all medical care for the cat. You only need to provide a loving, safe home.
If you are reading this and you don’t live anywhere near Southern California, kitten season isn’t any different where you live. Thousands of pregnant mommas and very young kittens are killed each and every day throughout this country and abroad during kitten season. Check your local area for reputable rescues who would love your help.
And please remember the best way to prevent this annual tragedy is to spay and neuter your pets. If yours are altered, consider helping someone else do the same. You will be saving lives.
If you are looking to adopt, check out the slideshow at the top of this article. All of these cats are looking for their furever homes.