The humane society in Stratford urgently needs foster homes as it gets ready for 'kitten season', the busiest season of the year.
Foster parents provide round-the-clock care, including bottle feeding every few hours, as most kittens arrive orphaned.
Stratford's location is part of the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth.
“We are looking for foster parents who can take in kittens until they are ready for adoption,” said the shelter’s chief executive officer, Kathrin Delutis.
Delutis said the organization provides training, food, supplies and medical care, while volunteer fosters provide space and “lots of love.”
The humane society said it has taken in several mother cats and litters in the past few weeks.
These include Lily, a five-year-old cat who arrived as a pregnant stray and gave birth to three kittens shortly after arriving.
The shelter, however, said not every kitten is fortunate to be cared for alongside its mother.
“Our need for foster homes is ongoing and is particularly urgent as we head into our busiest season of the year for orphaned kittens,” said Amanda Hawkins, its senior manager of animal care.
While they expect a high volume of cats needing help, they are also looking for foster homes for dogs, small animals and reptiles, said Hawkins.
Those interested in becoming foster parents at the Humane Society may visit kwsphumane.ca for more information or to apply.