One of my favorite things about being a cat blogger is having a platform to help shelter cats, whether by profiling adoptable cats at my local shelter, participating in a toy drive to bring a little Christmas to kitties who otherwise wouldn't have one, or raising money through a commentathon to sponsor shelter cats while they wait for their forever home. Even before I started blogging I donated my time and money whenever I could.
One thing I haven't done (yet) but greatly admire those who do, is fostering. Good foster homes are always needed for senior, special needs, and abused cats that need a little extra TLC, and especially for kittens and mother cats with nursing litters. March is right around the corner and with it comes "kitten season", the time of year when already overcrowded shelters are exploding with kittens and the need for foster homes is at it's height. Fostering frees up shelter space so more cats can be rescued.
Something that isn't often thought of during kitten season is how adult cats are affected: sadly, they end up overlooked by potential adopters when there are adorable kittens as far as the eye can see. There are so, so many cats in shelters waiting to find their forever homes. One thing I take into consideration when choosing to support a company is whether or not they go the extra mile to be advocates for animals in need. That's why I'm happy to spread the word about the Hill’s® Food, Shelter & Love™ Program.
The Hill's Food, Shelter & Love program is a living, breathing example of how they live out their mission statement on a daily basis and is based on four pillars:
* Encouraging loving individuals to support their local shelters by caring for and spending time with local shelter pets.
* Whether it's cash or pet toys, local shelters can always use donations. We can help get donors connected directly to your organization.
* Helping pet parents everywhere learn more about our shelter program and find out how choosing Science Diet® for their own pets can help thousands of shelter pets around the country.
* The ultimate goal of the program is to bring some love home.
Hill's has provided over $240 million worth of food to nearly 1,000 shelters, 365 days a year helping over 6 million pets find a new home…and counting. Proper nutrition, such as Hill’s® Science Diet® Kitten Healthy Development which provides balanced, easy-to-digest nutrition for growing kittens, makes shelter pets happier, healthier and more adoptable.
Every time we choose Hill’s® Science Diet® for our own pets, we're helping Hill's continue their mission of supporting shelter pets when they need it most.
Have you ever been a feline foster mom? I would love to hear about it!