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Kitten shower March 9, gifts welcome

Kitten season is coming! The experts at the Baltimore Humane Society say they see an explosion of newborn kittens at their shelter every spring, many of whom need round-the-clock bottle feeding and a whole lot of attentive care.

It’s no wonder: Up to 8 million pets enter shelters every year, and nearly half of those are euthanized.

The Baltimore Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, is looking for foster parents who might be willing to temporarily take kittens into their homes until they’re ready for adoption. (Contact dpayne@baltimorehumane.org for more information.)

But if you’re not quite ready to make that commitment, it’s easy to help the shelter cope with kitten season by sending a gift for its Kitten Shower, March 9, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The shower is a fun event for the whole family that includes Ask the Vet sessions, baby-shower games, refreshments, and bottle-feeding demonstrations. As with all showers, it also includes a registry; for its incoming kittens, the shelter needs:

·         Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR) powder

·         Science Diet kitten canned and dry food

·         digital pet thermometer

·         digital scale with ounces

·         kitten-safe shampoo

·         kitten nursing bottle

·         Snuggle Safe heat discs

·         flea combs

·         non-clumping litter

·         ceramic (sturdy) water bowls

·         towels

·         kitten grooming wipes

·         germicidal bleach

·         dish detergent

·         laundry detergent

·         Q-tips

·         tissues

·         Karo syrup

·         coated paper plates (small & large)

·         litter pans (small with low sides)

·         latex and non-latex gloves (medium)

Of course, cash donations are always welcome at the shelter.

All are invited to the shower at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown. For more information, visit bmorehumane.org.

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