October 2016
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Kitten Nursery - Helen Putnam Award Recipient

One of the first 24-hour neonatal kitten nursry to open in a Municiple Animal Shelter

At the recent League of California Cities Conference the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Adoption Center was presented with the prestigious Helen Putnam Award for the innovative Kitten Nursery program.

Each year, the Animal Center receives nearly 1,000 underage kittens from 1 day old to 8 weeks old that need around the clock care. Finding foster homes for the most fragile of babies was very difficult. With the help from donors and community volunteers, the Animal Center opened a 24hr neonatal kitten nursery. This labor of love project brought the community together for a great cause and saved the lives of many kittens. Volunteers from ages 12 on bottle fed, cleaned and provided general care for the kittens until they were old enough for adoption which improved the adoption rate for cats by over 6%. Due to the success, the nursery will open again April through October and is expected to care for more than 1,000 underage kittens.

Additional funding and volunteers are needed to continue this life saving work.

Please consider donating, volunteering, or becoming a foster parent.

Visit www.RCpets.info to donate or for additional information.