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Our Kitten Nursery is providing lifesaving care for kittens like Salem

Our Kitten Nursery is providing lifesaving care for kittens like Salem

Our Kitten Nursery is providing lifesaving care for kittens like Salem

Salem was an orphaned, four-week-old kitten when she first arrived at Operation Kindness from a rescue partner. Thanks to generous donors, Operation Kindness’ new kitten nursery was in place and ready to give her the round-the-clock care she needed.

At intake, Salem was half the weight of a normal kitten her age and not eating on her own. Salem was fed by bottle and syringe — trying anything and everything to encourage her to take in nutrients. She was also dehydrated, so staff gave her IV fluids twice daily and patiently sat with her all day and night. She received daily cuddle time with each staff member and spent time in the incubator to keep her at the perfect body temperature.

At Salem’s most critical stage, one of our veterinarians, Dr. Debender, took her home for the night so she could keep an extra watchful eye on the kitten. Thanks to your support, and a big team effort, Salem gradually improved and began eating on her own. She was one of our first graduates of the neonatal nursery and headed to a foster home so she could continue growing and be socialized.

More than 115 kittens have been able to receive lifesaving veterinary care in our kitten nursery since its opening in May 2022. Animal shelters regularly see an overwhelming increase in orphaned kittens in the summer months between March and October. Thanks to our supporters, we can be prepared to provide extensive, round-the-clock care for kittens like Salem so they can grow and live happy, healthy lives.

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