Call for help: Local animal shelter is crawling with kittens

by Shellie Boudreau
Photo: The North Jutland Animal Shelter
Photo: The North Jutland Animal Shelter

Summer is the high season for receiving kittens across the country’s animal shelters, and Nordjyllands Internat (the North Jutland Animal Shelter) is no exception.

At the moment, kittens are arriving daily, and they need help and care. Therefore, Nordjyllands Internat is calling for help and is desperate for foster families that can take these little kittens home for a short while.

“It was much easier to find foster families in the last two years as many people stayed home during the holiday season due to corona.

Now everyone is out travelling, and we can feel the impact of these travels on the number of volunteers,” Karina Fisker, head of Nordjyllands Internat, says to MyAalborg.

If anyone from Aalborg or North Jutland can make time and loves cats, please call or write to Nordjylands Internat to learn more about the voluntary work. 

Love and care for kittens

So what does it mean to be a foster family? Karina Fisker explains that there are three types of foster care.

The first takes the mother and her litter, the second takes care of older kittens that can eat on their own, and the third, which is the most time-consuming, is bottle-feeding kittens (every three hours). 

As a foster parent, you care for kittens until they are 12 weeks old. You will need access to a car, have experience with cats, and be at a maximum 35-minute drive from Nordjylland Internats. Most importantly, you need to have the time and find the task rewarding. 

“We take care of all the finances and everything else you might need,” Karina Fisker says referring to treatments, vaccines, scratching posts, food, cat trays, and more. 

As a benefit, you get to snuggle, love, and prepare these kittens for a new home. Although, there is a chance that you may fall hopelessly in love with them and adopt one or two for your home. 

Appeal to locals

Although it was easier to find foster homes during the corona lockdowns, Karina Fisker emphasizes that they face the same challenges every year. 

“People tend not to sterilize or neuter their cats, and a female cat can have up to two litters per year. The situation makes for a lot of kittens every year. 

Cats do not have such a high status in Denmark, and people fail to notice them. For example, if a cat gets lost, it may not find its owner again and eventually be delivered to our doorstep,” the head of Nordjyllands Internat stresses.

She also explains how often unwanted kittens are left abandoned in parking lots or by institutions in cardboard boxes or bags. 

The shelter would like to end these heartbreaking acts and plead to make a phone call to them so they can help take care of and find these kittens a good home. 

“I would also like to make an appeal that anyone who wishes to have a cat contact us instead of going to private individuals. 

By doing so, we offer vaccinated, sterilized, and marked cats,” Karina Fisker concludes.

Are you interested in helping Nordjyllands Internat or adopting a new family member? Read here.

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