A) Feeding little kittens is very cute and extremely rewarding.
Just as with babies though, it requires some hard work as well. These little guys will purr and look up at you sweetly to thank you for saving their lives, but they can also get messy in several ways. Are you ready to deal with that part too?
B) Are you old enough? Age requirement in the NeoNatal Ward:
No one under 13 is allowed in the Nursery. Children between 13-16 can assist an adult family member feeder, but they are not allowed to feed the kittens themselves. Between 16-18, children can feed the kittens under the supervision of a trained adult. Anyone under the age of 18 must be capable of being gentle with the kittens as well as physically and emotionally capable, for the sake of the kittens. Sorry, no exceptions!!
C) Are you good at problem solving?
Things will come up in any environment like this. Our training will prepare you for the different situations and you will need to be able to think effectively on your feet.
D) Are you organized and an effective communicator?
We have a good-size team of diverse volunteers with different time schedules. We have specific channels of communication and organization patterns to keep our work running so well that need to be respected.
E) Are you physically capable of the lifting and bending involved in this environment?
If you cannot do these yourself, you are more than welcome to bring in a regular helper to assist you with those kinds of tasks.
Once your Trainer establishes that you are ready to feed solo, you made it! You are then officially welcomed into our awesome team!