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Cal Poly Cat Program seeking participants for neo-natal foster program

Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 02:09:24-04

The Cal Poly Cat Program is overwhelmed with kittens, and they are looking for foster parents to help care for them.

The student-run program at Cal Poly helps nurse kittens back to health, and a new neo-natal cat program started in April as a project for student Alison Chavez.

Chavez designed the program for more than 10 kittens and five foster families. That quickly grew to more than 150 kittens and 55 foster families.

According to the CCP website, "Neonatal kittens need to be fed around-the-clock; because of their high care requirements they are deemed as unadoptable and receive no protection under no-kill shelter laws. The majority of public shelters lack the resources needed to care for cats under 8 weeks of age and are therefore forced to humanely euthanize them."

Chavez says each foster family is trained on how to care for a kitten, and without these families, many kittens can struggle to survive on the streets.

"During kitten season in San Luis Obispo, it's just a baby boom," said Chavez, "It's kind of chaotic, so a lot of the rescues are flowing this time of year and I wanted to give a few extra lending hands to that."

CPCP says they are looking for people interested in fostering neonates and they will provide education, necessary supplies, and veterinary care.

If you're willing to lend a hand with fostering, contact Shelter Manager, Ali, at

To find further information on other adoptions, click here.