Eight is Great


Eight is Great Finder Foster Program 

Kitten season is the time of the year when the weather warms up and unaltered female cats get pregnant and give birth. With an overabundant stray cat population in Western Pennsylvania, kitten season begins in the spring and often continues through late fall.

During this overwhelming time for our shelter, BCHS can only help as many kittens as we have the space and manpower for. To help us save more feline lives, BCHS developed the “Eight is Great” Finder Foster Program with funding from a local private foundation.

Here’s how it works:

When good Samaritans find abandoned kittens and bring them to our shelter, we ask them to become foster parents to care for homeless kittens until they are 8 weeks old. Depending on their age and health, the kittens could need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.

In thanks for providing a temporary place for the kittens to live, BCHS provides food, supplies, veterinary care, and any guidance needed to care for the kittens.

By offering time, energy and homes to kittens in need, foster parents play a critical role in preparing the kittens for adoption. Foster parents provide the kittens with better socialization skills, which makes them more well-adjusted pets. In addition, foster parents learn about the kittens’ personalities, likes, and dislikes so that they are better matched to the right forever home.

The BCHS “Eight is Great” Finder Foster Program is easy to be a part of and we provide foster parents with the support needed. If you and your family are interested in helping, please click here for more details about our foster program.