WAIT UNTIL 8
The Wait Until 8 program empowers you to become an at-home caregiver for stray and neonatal kittens until 8 weeks of age, when you can then return them to the shelter for adoption.
Every year shelters across the country are inundated with millions of neonatal (less than four-week-old) kittens who need help but don’t always get the care they need. This is particularly true during kitten season, from early spring through late summer, when the most litters are born and people are more likely to find kittens and bring them to shelters. Animal shelters and communities can come together to save these kittens’ lives through the innovative Wait Until 8 program.
HOW IT WORKS
If you might otherwise turn 2- to 6-week-old stray and orphaned kittens over to shelters, you can instead obtain free supplies and care instructions to save their lives. Our shelter staff will provide free Kitten Survival Kit supplies, written care instructions, and a personal orientation for care of neonatal kittens. You will return orphaned but healthy neonatal kittens to the shelter at 8 weeks of age (or when they weigh at least two pounds).
When the kittens are 8 weeks old, they are neutered, vaccinated, and ready to be adopted, and the Lloydminster and District SPCA finds homes for the kittens. This program also contributes to a reduced shelter population, which helps keep adoptable cats healthy and allows staff to spend more time caring for the other adoptable animals.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Volunteers agree to provide all care after leaving the shelter (during the "waiting" period)
Upon return to the shelter at 8 weeks, all kittens undergo spay/neuter surgery to prepare for adoption
Volunteer caregivers may officially adopt their kittens at a discounted rate - including vaccination, spay/neuter surgery, dewormer, and microchip registration
Volunteer caregivers must be at least 18. Students participating in the Wait Until 8 program are eligible for volunteer hours
For medical reasons, neonatal kittens whose eyes have not yet opened will not be eligible for the Wait Until 8 program
All participants receive a Kitten Survival Kit containing formula, bottles, and other items provided by the Lloydminster and District SPCA. For more information on these kitten survival kits please visit Alley Cat Allies website.
See instructions on how to take care of very young kittens
ASPCA: Newborn kitten care https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care
Instructions for caring for orphaned kittens
Instructions for kitten milk replacement liquid
Instructions for kitten milk replacement powder
For more information, please contact the Lloydminster and District SPCA at 780-875-2809.
Lloydminster and District SPCA
Lloydminster, AB T9V 3A6
Phone: 780 875-2809
CRA Charitable No. 107998775RR0001