The Bottle Baby Nursery Program is a unique and creative approach to saving an entire class of especially fragile, homeless animals. The program targets orphaned, unweaned kittens that were fated for euthanasia at many Central Texas shelters.
Each year, especially during the breeding season (which spans from March to October), shelters are overwhelmed with orphaned kittens. Prior to APA!’s introduction of the Bottle Baby Nursery Program, nearly all of these kittens were euthanized because neither the shelters nor local rescue groups in the community could provide the intensive care that these special little ones need to survive.
“Where do all of these babies come from?”
Most of APA!’s youngest residents are found in parking lots, fields, or backyards and they must go to a city shelter for evaluation before APA! can save them. Very few of our kittens are lucky enough to have their mother but APA! staff and volunteers are specially trained to provide the food, love, medicines, and care that these kittens need.
History of the Program
The Bottle Baby Program was founded in 2009, before APA! moved to the current downtown location, but has expanded tremendously since the move in early 2012. The biggest effect of this is that in 2011, APA! saved approximately 1,000 orphaned kittens that arrived at the Austin Animal Center (which was every kitten turned in to them). In 2012 APA! was able to surpass that by saving over 2,000 kittens from even more surrounding shelters! Throughout 2013, we want to continue to save as many young lives as possible and keep Austin a No-Kill city.
Want to help save these sweet kitties?
Having such a drastic increase in the number of kittens APA! has saved, means the babies in the nursery are going through more kitten milk, food, supplies, and medicines. They also have an increased need for skilled care, as baby kittens can become very ill quickly and will die without swift treatment. Please consider helping our groundbreaking and live-saving Bottle Baby Nursery Program through volunteering, fostering, and/or donating!
For more information and photos of these unbelievably cute kitties, like APA! Bottle Babies on Facebook!