What's New?

What's New?

Connecticut State of Emergency

Dear friends - I'm writing this on a borrowed laptop in a friend's office.

Our area is dark. Our kitties have food and shelter, but not much else.

We lost power Saturday, are still without it, and will likely stay that way for another week.

In the meantime, we ask that you be patient with any requests or applications. We are not able to receive mail or respond to queries at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience, and please check back with us in a few days.

Warmest regards,

Sam Moore

Web Guy

Kitten Associates

Our Newest Arrivals-Hanna & Macy

Two little kittens, lost and alone on the streets of Bridgeport, CT were covered with fleas. The smaller of the two was near death. Luckily, these girls who may not even be related, were rescued by a good samaritan. That person couldn't provide them with the care they needed so we stepped in to help.

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Thanks to having a brand new foster home to rely on made this rescue possible. The littlest kitten was named, Hanna. She weighed just 6 ounces and was very ill. With loving care, getting rid of the fleas and starting her on good food, Hanna slowly started to recover.

The other kitten was named, Macy and she looked after her little friend by snuggling with her and washing her face as their missing mother would have done.

Two weeks later, Hanna weighs just over 1 pound and Macy is on her way to 2 pounds. The fleas are long gone, but the kittens have the sniffles. We'll make sure they get whatever they need until they're ready to find their forever homes.

If you'd like to donate towards their care, please visit our “donate” page and choose to give to our General Fund or our “Boo-Boo & Sniffles Fund” which goes to vet care for our kittens.

Kitten Associates Wins a $500.00 Donation!

We're extremely honored and thrilled to receive a $500.00 donation from Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat blog. Ingrid is a well respected author and cat advocate whose blog recently won a 2011 Pettie Award from Dogtime Media for Best Pet Blog!

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Robin Olson, President of Kitten Associates, left, with Ingrid King, right (thanks to Photoshop for making our meeting possible since Ingrid lives in Virgina!)

Visit Ingrid's Blog to read more about her donation to Kitten Associates, as well as to learn about cat health, wellness and nutrition from a true inspiration to cat owners the world over!

We Couldn't Let Them Die

She was dumped at a Kill Shelter with newborn kittens by her side. She was so unhappy she stopped eating. Four days passed. She grew thinner and weaker as her kittens struggled to get the last of her resources.

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Though we feared she was very ill, and feared the costs of her Vet care, we decided we couldn't let this sweet Mama and her kittens die in a cage.

Yesterday, she and her family were rescued and vetted. Mama is only 9 months to 1 year old! She has nothing particularly wrong with her, but is very thin at just 5.3 pounds. We brought her into foster care and sure enough, she ate. She ate quite a bit of food.

Though she and her family have a long way to go-and her babies are still very fragile, we hope that we got to them in time and that one day they will all be robust and joyful.

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The babies are only a few days old and will need care for a few months before they're old enough to be adopted. We hope you'll consider making a donation towards their care, so we can provide for whatever they need. We also hope you'll stop back and see updates on this very special family.

They were rescued in honor of our own cat, Bob, a big orange fellow, who passed away the same day the kittens were born.

Our Newest Fosters-The Angel Babies

Six little kittens, found in a barn. Their mother was shot by a farmer who thought she was after his ducklings. When one of our volunteers found out about this, she acted quickly. The kittens hadn't had food for two days and were in grave danger.

She got the kittens home and began the difficult task of feeding them every few hours. They were less than a week old.

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Yes, that's an inuslated lunch bag full of neonatal kittens!

It was touch and go for awhile, but these little troopers, stayed strong. It's been two weeks since they were rescued and we're glad to report that all six kittens are still with us. They have been named! Please meet: Justin, Shiro, Princess, Screamer, Jazz and Vash.

If you'd like to see a video of them getting fed, you can see it HERE.

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Hello Angel Babies!

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This family will need vet care and good food, so we're doing a special fundraiser for them. If you can help us, we'd love to raise enough to get them their shots and tests and spayed or neutered when they're old enough.

What Have I Gotten Myself Into Now?

Being the President of a Non-Profit Cat Rescue requires me to wear many hats. One day I might be designing forms we'll use to educate our adopters and later, I might begin work in Excel to setup a mailing list.

Last month I was invited to take part in a Storytelling/Comedy night at The Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. As someone who dabbled (which means I did it twice in front of about 10 people) in standup comedy, this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. For one, I could help raise money for two other rescue groups (and maybe score some donations for KA, too), but the other reason is it's been a dream I could never hope to realize, to be on stage in an actual comedy club in New York City!

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Then, it hit me. What was I thinking? I'm a Graphic Designer, Blogger, Writer, Foster Mom, Weather Spotter for NOAA. I'm NOT a comedian or a storyteller! Okay, I think I have a great sense of humor, but in front of an audience? That will be video taped and uploaded online? Oh no!

Oh well. Live and learn. In 24 hrs, it will be a thing of the past. I just gotta remember to...oh no...I forgot what I had to remember!

If you want to see me make a fool of myself, stop by tonight, July 13th (13th?!!) at 8pm EST. More info on Storytellers to the Rescue can be found HERE.

And please don't tell me to “break a leg.” I might take it literally.

To Nap or Not to Nap? That is the Question!

Remember the kittens that were rescued from under a tree a few weeks ago? Here's Bluebelle, one of those kittens, desperately trying to sleep sitting up. Although she doesn't get her nap, it's clear that she's doing great in foster care and growing up to be a very pretty young lady!

Our Latest Rescued Kittens!

This could be what you see when you YOU foster kittens with Kitten Associates! We're looking for foster homes right now!


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Vist our Volunteer page to learn more and to sign up to be a Kitten Associate!

A Miracle Rescue

This weekend, one of our volunteers spotted a young cat lying in the street. She stopped to see if it was injured and discovered it was lactating, indicating it either was a mama or had kittens that had passed away.

It took two days, a visit to the Vet, a lot of fresh water and food and a few trips from our volunteer's home to where she found the cat before this 8-10 month old mama showed everyone where she had hidden her kittens!

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From this hidden notch under a tree, the opening covered by leaves and other debris, our volunteer saw the eyes of the mama cat, then another movement-a KITTEN! She reached into the darkened space and carefully lifted out a tiny, 2-week old calico kitten. She'd been away from her mother for over 24 hours and it was vital she begin nursing soon or she could perish.

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Slowy and thoroughly, the nest was emptied out.

There were FIVE precious lives at stake now. The mama made it six.

They were immediately taken into foster care. The mama had a big meal, then proceeded to nurse her babies in the clean comfort of a new bed.

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Though we didn't plan on taking any rescues in this week, we knew we couldn't sit by and let this family die. They are safe now, but we need funds to provide for their vet care and food. We hope you'll agree that these lives were worth saving by making a tax deductible donation using the ChipIn widget below.

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Thank you for caring enough to help this family! It's with support like yours that makes it possible for us to keep saying YES when cats are in need.

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Cara Needs Your Help.

Cara's been sick for most of her short life. She continues to have episodes of vomiting every two weeks or so. Before she had two endoscopies to open up her esophagus, Cara vomited daily. Her growth is stunted and she is just a tiny cat and very underweight. If you're not familiar with Cara's story, you can read more HERE and HERE (on our sister web site: Covered in Cat Hair).

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©2011 Robin A.F. Olson. Sweet Cara.

Cara's been struggling for a very long time. We moved her to a new foster home so she could have “alone time” and a chance to recover. Cara was doing fairly well. Then, the vomiting started again and Cara became withdrawn.

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©2011 Robin A.F. Olson. Dr. Larry listening to Cara's lungs and heart.

We did not hesitate to bring Cara to see our Vet. He took some blood and did a thorough exam. He told us he was very concerned that Cara still has a problem passing food through her digestive system and that Cara will likely need a third endoscopy. This time, they'll also need to take biopsies of her stomach lining and small intestine.

The results of the blood work indicated that Cara has a very high white blood count. It's 28,000, when a high normal is about 19,000. This is bad news for our little sweetheart.

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©2011 Robin A.F. Olson.

Our resources are depleted, but our resolve is not. We need to raise money to provide another endoscopy for Cara. Should there be any additional funds, they'll go into our General Fund, to provide food and basic Vet care for any of the other cats in our Program.

If you'd like to help Cara, simply use the ChipIn widget, below. Your donation is tax deductible.

Thank you for helping Cara feel better.

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