Wait 'Til 8 Kitten Intervention Program

Every year, thousands of kittens become separated from their mothers or are born into life threatening environments. Last year, Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) took in over 4,000 kittens, many of which would have been humanely euthanized if not for the dedicated efforts of volunteer foster parents. Unfortunately, it's not enough. Over 1,500 did not survive. Kittens less than eight weeks old are at extremely high risk in shelters, where disease can spread quickly and affect these vulnerable animals heavily and often fatally.

Due to this high risk, OCAS has partnered with Kindness for Cats, Inc (KFCI) to empower citizens in the community to help via the "Wait 'Til 8" program. Through this program we provide resources to care for neonatal kittens until they are at an age safe enough to survive in a shelter and become a potential adoption candidiate to find their new loving home.

You can be the hero that ensures we have the capacity to care for all the kittens in Orange County!

The Wait 'til 8 means wait until kittens are 8 weeks old before turning into a shelter. Our program empowers citizens to become foster parents for neonatal kittens until they are 8 weeks old or at least 2 pounds—the minimum age and weight for kittens to be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.

To qualify for the program you agree to the following:

  • Be able to safely house kittens and/or mama cat with nursing kittens for the duration of the program - typically until the kittens are 8 weeks of age and weigh at least 2 pounds. (Exception - if mama is a "community cat", then she can be spayed and released back to her outdoor home as soon as the kittens are weaned, typically at 5 weeks of age)
  • Give adequate and age appropriate food, and fresh water, every day.
  • Provide clean bedding and litter box (OCAS/KFCI can help with start-up supplies if needed)
  • Spend time each day socializing the kittens (kittens need to be socialized and friendly in order to be appealing to a potential adopter).

Please note: KFCI is not a rescue; we are a small group of experienced foster parents. We partnered with OCAS for this program to empower and support people who have found young kittens in their community and want to give them a safe and healthy start on life.

 Please visit Orange County Animal Services Wait 'Til 8 webpage or our Wait 'Til 8 FAQs page for more information!

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