"We try to have kittens nurse from mothers whenever we can," APA! neonatal kitten program manager, Casandra Mensing, said.
Such regular feedings require the neonatal team to be vast in number and impressive in speed, especially during the busiest summer months when the neonatal program takes in an average of 20-30 kittens each day. In fact, in 2013, APA!'s neonatal team pulled 1500 kittens that would have otherwise been euthanized and provided the lot medical care, regular feedings and a shot at life.
"It's rewarding work," Mensing said, "If we don't do this, [the kittens] will lose weight and... pass away."
"During kitten season, the nursery is VIP access only. Public and APA! staff aren't allowed inside," Mensing said. Only the elite team of neonatal volunteers.