KWSPHS May 1st Update

Hello fellow animal lovers!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven weeks already under these new COVID-19 standards. I hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy.

Both of our animal centres were closed at the end of March and we’ve been operating on emergency services only. We continue to care for the animals in our foster homes and the centres, and prepare for one of our busiest times of the year…kitten season!

Each year we see a large number of kittens arrive at our Kitchener and Stratford centres. There is just one challenge - we never know when kitten season will begin! Sometimes it starts in March, sometimes May, and last year it didn’t peak until mid-June. Not knowing when to expect an influx definitely poses a unique challenge in preparing for it. We carefully monitor the space in our centres, constantly recruit foster homes to help with those who are too young or who need extra care and attention, and we do our best to ensure that supplies are readily available for when we need them. Right now, this challenge is greater than expected.

We have moved 70+ animals into foster care, ensuring that we have space in our centres. Thanks to our dedicated community, we have almost 100 registered foster homes, with some already caring for our furry friends and others willing to take pets on a moment’s notice. We are so thankful for their dedication.

Now we are faced with our biggest challenge – ensuring we have enough supplies. From Kitten Milk Replacer to Snuggle Safe heat discs, to critical items such as Miracle Nipples to hand feed new born orphaned kittens, the supplies we need are truly life-saving. They are small, yet critical objects that help us give our kittens a fighting chance at survival. If you’d like to help, we have many of these items on our Amazon wishlist.

For Kitchener's Amazon wishlist, please visit here.
For Stratford's Amazon wishlist, please visit here.

As we are gearing up for kitten season, we are also working through our first week of online adoptions. We have had a busy week for both applications and appointments, with four animals adopted and fifteen pending adoptions! If you or someone you know is looking for a pet, all of our animal profiles are now available online, as well as our new adoption process. While we know that this process is new to all of us, we are committed to making it as smooth as possible to help our animals find their forever homes.

We know that these are challenging times for our communities, as we are facing many of the same challenges. But with your incredible support we can continue making an impact for so many animals.

I wish you and your families all the best, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the centres soon.

Thank you for caring about the animals during this time,

Amanda Hawkins
Senior Manager, Animal Care