We are on our way to Norfolk to do a saving kittens lives event! Got my cat collar. These sunglasses are ridiculous. Got a bunch of merch in the back. Kitten season is right around the corner, which means I’m out on the road helping animal shelters prepare to save lives. One of the main ways that I help kittens is by providing humane education services in communities across the country to encourage people to get involved in animal welfare, and to teach people all the ins and outs of kitten care. So today I’m on my way to Norfolk, Virginia, to help one shelter get more foster parents so they can save lives this spring. During the warm months, kittens are pouring into shelters, and they’re extremely vulnerable there. These little guys can’t be saved unless someone is signed up to foster, which means shelter staff are constantly scrambling to try to find more homes where the kittens can be saved. So kitten season in Norfolk it can be pretty intense. So we are looking to recruit fosters to help specifically with neonate kittens. And our goal is to expand our foster program more than ever. yeah I think a lot of people like watching kittens online, but they don’t know that they could actually have that IRL in their home. Yes! You can foster in a studio apartment. You can foster in a single-family home. I mean you can foster anywhere. Not that I want to get you in trouble at work, but kittens are super easy to sneak around. I sneak them everywhere. Your shirt. Yeah! In your shirt, in your pockets. [laughter] I have a awesome little diaper bag that I carry with me sometimes. No one ever knows I have kittens. When I first started fostering, I actually worked in the Philadelphia School District. And I used to sneak my kittens in, and I’d go into the teachers’ lounge and microwave a bottle real fast, and hope nobody was noticing. And you know, eventually I told people, but it’s— if you can do it very discreetly and very safely, and if you have time to scroll through Facebook every couple hours, you have time to do this care. It’s really not that much and it makes such a big difference. What people need to understand is once the kitten’s running around and jumping and playing, They don’t need to go to work with you. Right. It’s the ones that are sleeping in a box all day that need to go to work with you. So literally you tell your boss, “Listen, it’s a jelly bean in a bag and they sleep 23 hours a day.” They can be, you know, under the desk and no one even knows they’re there. This is the big thing for me. It’s just like if you’re a cat lover, it’s not enough to just sit on the internet clicking “Like.” If you’re a cat lover, you should know there are 860,000 cats being killed in United States shelters every single year, and every one of us can do something about it. Even if you can’t do bottle babies, you can do moms with babies. You can do feral kittens. You can volunteer in the shelter. You can, you know, transport cats in your car. There’s so many things you can do A lot of different opportunities. And we’ll have volunteer applications at the event tonight as well. So we’re really excited, hoping to recruit some people. Yeah, me too! Now a lot of people want to foster, but they’re scared to get involved or they don’t think they have what it takes. So I like to invite everyone in the community to come together and discover that there’s such a massive need for help, and that anyone can get active and save a life. It was so exciting to see a totally sold-out event and a packed room full of people who wanted to help out. After these events, so many people tell me that they didn’t think they could do it before, but now they feel like maybe they can. Yay! So you signed up to foster? Yes. That’s so awesome! It’s all about empowering people to see that yes, we can all make a difference. I t felt amazing to see all the foster applications being filled out at the end of the event. I know that this means Norfolk Animal Care Center will be able to save so many lives this kitten season. I’m so grateful to everyone who took the first step towards fighting for the little guys. No matter where you live, kittens need your help. Learn how to start saving kittens today at kittenlady.org/gettingstarted.