The mission of the Neonatal Program is to meet the needs of the organization and the community by accepting all kittens, pregnant cats and nursing cats with their litters that local shelters and rescue groups cannot care for and to provide the best possible care in order to achieve the highest possible survival rate so these cats can be adopted into permanent homes; and in so doing, support MEOW co.’s mission of a reaching No-Kill status in the city of Bakersfield, CA while supporting shelters across the state.
The MEOW co. Neonatal Program was developed in 2016 to rescue orphaned kittens from shelters that do not have the human, physical, or financial resources to care for them and that would otherwise euthanize the kittens. Our program feeds and cares for the kittens until they are healthy and old enough to be spayed or neutered and enter the cat program for adoption. In addition to feeding and housing the kittens, the neonatal team, with the help of our medical team, also takes care of any medical needs that they have. The program also accepts pregnant cats and their kittens when they’re born, and nursing cats with their litters. Due to the fragile nature of neonates, the special needs of mother cats and their litters, and the large number of animals taken in, the Neonatal Program has developed procedures and protocols specific to the needs of these animals in accordance with veterinary practices, and has created an organizational structure to accomplish this goal.
By becoming a Kitten Nursery Feeder, you’re taking the first step in saving lives from being killed in shelters and joining one of the most dedicated teams in saving neonatal kittens in Central California.
After you complete this course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion which you can print out and use to volunteer in our Lifesaving Kitten Nursery.