Maddie's Institute is hosting a free live webinar on Thursday, March 21 at 9 p.m. (Eastern time) on “Orphaned Kittens: How Saving the Tiniest Lives has the Biggest Impact.” This webinar will be hosted by Dr. Ellen Jefferson, DVM from Austin Pets Alive and Heidi Beyer, Veterinary Technician from Dane County Friends of Ferals and will focus on nursery care and foster-based care for orphaned kittens.
The following information on the webinar is from the Maddie’s Institute website:
“Orphaned kittens are the most fragile of homeless animals, and many shelters consider it too resource-intensive to care for them. For that reason, they often make up the largest single group of animals euthanized at many shelters.
That was the case in Austin, TX, until veterinarian Dr. Ellen Jefferson and the team at Austin Pets Alive! put together a comprehensive kitten nursery program based on similar programs for orphaned wildlife. In conjunction with home-based foster care, the nursery program utilized existing resources in new ways, allowing them to save hundreds of kittens' lives and contributing to Austin becoming the largest no-kill city in America.”
The information covered in this webinar will include: misunderstandings about kittens that lead to mistakes in determining orphaned status; the basics of setting up a nursery program in your community; recruiting and training volunteers for nursery and foster programs; how to feed and care for orphaned kittens during different life stages; protecting kittens from infectious diseases; responding to illness in young kittens; and housing, bedding and environment.
Participation in the webcast is not limited to individuals associated with shelters or rescue groups. Anyone can participate. An on-demand version of the webcast will be available for viewing approximately one week after the live event. Click here for a listing of archived versions of previous webcasts.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Maddie’s Institute is a program of Maddie’s Fund, an organization which funds shelter medicine education. Maddie’s Institute brings shelter medicine information from the experts to veterinarians, shelter staff, rescue groups and the community to increase the number of homeless dogs and cats who are saved.