Where do all these kittens come from?
Many are born to feral moms in backyards, parks or in abandoned buildings. Some are found in or under parked cars or in tow yards, and a few have been found on roofs! Others are abandoned in boxes at the door of our city shelter.
What do I do if I find an orphaned kitten?
First, wrap the kitten in a blanket and keep it warm. Then call SFACC (628-652-8885) and see if they are open. If they are, bring the kitten in right away. It they are closed, keep the kitten warm until the shelter is open and you can bring it in. If for some reason SFACC will not take the kitten, please call Toni at 415-828-4153
What is it like to foster?
Our fosters report that having little kittens around makes you smile inside and out! And there are lots of ways you can foster.
A TKR foster can care for a couple kittens, a whole litter, a nice mom and kittens or a feral mom and kittens. Some fosters bottle feed 10 day old kittens, others socialize shy and scared kittens, and many “just” provide a warm bed, regular food, and lots of love. Some choose to foster once a year, some twice a year and some have been fostering for 10 years. We have foster situations to fit almost anyone’s schedule and TKR accommodates any emergencies, vacations or work travel that may come up.
TKR appreciates any way fosters are able to help. Singles, families with kids, couples, all are welcome to consider fostering!
Can I foster kittens if I already have a pet in the house?
Yes! Most of our fosters have pets. If you have a spare room or bathroom, that is a good spot for kittens. Or we can provide an enclosed kitten tent with viewing panels for the kittens to live in.
How much does it cost to foster?
Nothing! TKR will provide you with all the food and supplies you need. Of course we love
it if you buy your own supplies. You can consider it a donation to TKR.
I live in a small place, is it possible for me to foster?
Of course! Kittens don’t need a lot of space. TKR can provide a nice mini kitten playpen (about 5 feet circumference) for the kittens, if needed.
What is a bottle feeder kitten?
It is a kitten too young to eat on its own. Fosters feed the kittens special kitten formula from a mini baby bottle every couple hours. TKR provides bottles and formula. Training is provided to those interested in doing this rewarding work.
Am I responsible for finding my foster kittens a home?
No. Once kittens are old enough to be adopted, they will be transferred in the care of our rescue partners who will take over their care and the adoption process.
What is a feral cat?
An unsocialized cat who lives outside and cannot be socialized to live in a home.
Is Toni’s Kitty Rescue a nonprofit?
Yes, TKR is a 501(c)(3) and has been since 2003. All donations to TKR are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Consult your accountant.
How do I adopt one of your kittens?
Currently our kittens are too small for adoption but in the next couple of months they will be available through one of our rescue partners. Currently Andrea’s Dream Rescue will be adopting out our kittens. They currently have older kittens up for adoption. Please visit their website at andreasdreamrescue.org
Why Spay or Neuter?
Spaying at an early age prevents diseases of the ovaries and infections of the uterus, which are a major cause of illness in unspayed pets. Spay/neuter surgeries also help prevent aggressive behavior towards other animals, roaming in search of mates, and spraying in cats. And importantly, it is estimated that millions of homeless and unwanted cats are euthanized each year in the U.S. Often these animals are the offspring of beloved family pets.
Where can I find low cost or free spay/neuter in San Francisco?
The SF SPCA offers free or deeply discounted spay/neuter for low-income SF residents. They also spay/neuter feral cats for free. For more info call them at (415) 554-3030.