THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOTS PROGRAM
Our Critical Condition Kitten Branch
We are very excited to announce our newest program - The Boots Program! Ringing true to our mission statement of helping reduce euthanasia - critically ill, underage kittens are at high risk of being dumped on the road or euthanized in shelters.
We named this program after our medical critical kitten we took into our rescue August 2021. We named him Straps - because this guy pulled himself up by his boot straps to fight for his life. Late one night, we were tagged in a post on social media that a kitten had been found on someones porch, covered in fleas and worms and had not moved in two whole days. We immediately headed that way, and discovered this kitten wasn't able to move or even hold his eyes open. His gums, nose, and paw pads all white as snow. To our relief, he was still breathing. We worked all through the night feeding and giving fluids every hour, until we were able to get him to the vet the next morning, and eventually into his foster home to continue his recovery.
This program focuses on rehabilitating extremely sick kittens on a case-by-case basis.
BOOTS PROGRAM CANDIDATES
The Boots program is reserved for critical condition kittens. With this branch being an emergency program, it is critical we reserve the open foster homes for this program for kittens that otherwise would not be alive due to medical conditions. Below are some situations in which a kitten may or may not be eligible for the boots program. We are limited on foster homes for this program so it is critical we follow this program to the following guidelines. Each case will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis alongside resources available to the rescue at that time.
Kitten is roughly 3 months old or younger and displays one of the following:
Extremely sick - this could include lethargic, underweight, visible notable injury and symptoms
Single kitten too young to eat on their own
This program is designed for kittens that would be euthanized in shelters due to being too ill or too young.
Notably Feral cats/kittens
Rehome / owner surrender
FIV/FLeukemia positive surrender
Neighborhood stray that is otherwise healthy
This program focuses on rehabilitating extremely sick kittens on a case-by-case basis. We are primarily a dog rescue, however when the need is as high as it is in our area, we had to help any way we can. Cat rescues are more equipped to handle more specific cases so if a kitten isn't eligible for the Boots program we will provide a list of cat rescues to reach out to. Our focus will continue to be the dogs, and assisting sick kittens in our area when we are able.