Donate to Save Lives through the Kitten Triage Program

Save Kittens Like Pete, Parker, and Punky

Kitten season is here! Over 800 kittens will come to Multnomah County Animal Services this year and we want to help them. Before the Kitten Triage Program started in 2013, only 67% could be saved. WITH the Kitten Triage Program, over 93%+ have been consistently saved, including the most vulnerable: bottle babies, sick babies, and feral babies. You can support the Kitten Triage Program to make sure all their needs are met. Donate today to save lives.


Carolyn Finds Kittens


Last September, Carolyn was going about her day at home when she heard a faint noise-  the high-pitched cries of desperate, hungry kittens.  She followed the sound to the crawlspace of her home, and  spotted a litter of young kittens in the back with her flashlight.  Carolyn’s husband crawled in for a closer look, and he could clearly see that the kittens were sick and not being fed.  Their mother had either abandoned them or lost the ability feed them.  So he carefully pulled them out, and brought them to Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS).


What to Do If You Find Kittens


By the time the kittens made it to the shelter, they were severely dehydrated. MCAS staff gave the kittens subcutaneous (under-the-skin) fluids for dehydration, antibiotics for upper-respiratory-infection, warm cloths to clean away their infected eyes, and feline-milk-replacer in the absence of their mother’s milk.  They were treated and monitored in the Kitten Triage trailer at MCAS until they were stable enough to be sent to a foster home to continue feeding and monitoring.  

How Kitten Triage Began

The life-saving Kitten Triage Program was created at MCAS in 2013 to care for the needs of hundreds and even thousands of kittens just like Pete, Parker, and Punky.  MCAS cared for over 800 kittens in 2016, and over 1,000 kittens in 2015.

It all began in 2013, when MCAS repurposed a mobile hospital trailer into a space where kittens could bypass the regular shelter and receive one-on-one care the moment they came in. Incoming kittens receive the immediate, focused attention needed for many survive, such as warming unweaned “bottle babies” so they can eat. Since establishing the Kitten Triage Program, MCAS has been able to care for and save unweaned, sick and feral kittens--along with the healthy ones--ever since.  

The Kitten Triage program saves lives by making sure the needs of each kitten are met, and every one has a place to go.

Sad Reality Before Kitten Triage

Before the Kitten Triage Program was created, MCAS was only able to save 67% of the kittens brought to the shelter.  Kittens, especially those without a mother, were often humanely euthanized as a last resort when foster homes or medical services weren’t available to provide the immediate attention, and  round-the-clock feedings and treatments needed to care for them. During kitten season, euthanizing kittens was a heart-breaking and often daily routine for staff working hard to save the animals of our community, but without resources, there was no other option.

Kitten Triage Program Saves Lives

Today, thanks to supporters like you for sustaining the life-saving Kitten Triage Program, Multnomah County Animal Services saves over 93.6% of the kittens brought to the shelter, and over 92.5% of all cats in its care. The Kitten Triage Program opens at the beginning of “kitten season” and closes at the end of it, bringing on extra staff, space, and resources only when the increased numbers of kittens require it. It’s an efficient way of saving the lives of kittens.

Will you help kittens like Pete, Parker, and Punky by making a donation to sustain the Kitten Triage Program?

  • Each donation of $28 will provide medicine and vaccines for one kitten.
  • Each $50 donation will cover the cost of medicine, vaccines and staff care for one kitten.
  • One donated vehicle could save the lives of dozens of kittens.