Very young kittens are extremely fragile, and finding experienced foster home for very young orphans is incredibly difficult. WASPCA launched the Kitten Warrior Foster Program in 2018 to ensure well-trained, and well-supported fosters were available to meet this need. Fostering is of utmost importance as it allows the most vulnerable pets to be cared for outside of the dangerous shelter environment.
The goal of the Kitten Warrior program is to recruit, train, and retain a foster force to provide temporary care and housing to neonates and pregnant kitties. With a strong foster force, neonatal kittens will receive adequate care and socialization. Having a strong and educated group of Kitten Warriors also serves to reduce staff fatigue and burn-out, which is common for those working in animal welfare. Of course, the greatest benefit is that more lives will be saved.