Saving Kitten Lives Through Education
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Working Together, We Can Do More for Kittens
What’s one way to extend our life-saving reach? Partner with another organization seeking to save lives! We are thrilled that Alley Cat Allies, a global champion for the humane treatment of all cats, reached out to Susan Spaulding, National Kitten Coalition co-founder and ‘Kitten Mom,’ about a teaching partnership in southern Virginia next month. Alice Burton, Associate Director of Animal Shelter & Animal Control Engagement at Alley Cat Allies, will speak at two animal shelters on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) while Susan will discuss what to do when kittens are found during the TNR process. We know that this presentation on TNR and kitten care will lead to more feline lives saved!
Kitten Mom's Corner: February is Pet Dental Health Month
Did you know that kittens have deciduous or “baby teeth” just like human babies? Kittens are born edentulous or without teeth. The first baby teeth, the incisors, arrive at about 2-4 weeks, with canines (fangs) erupting at 3-4 weeks followed at 5-6 weeks with the premolars. In the same order, permanent teeth will begin erupting at 12-16 weeks finishing with the molars around 20-24 weeks. Checking tooth eruption is a reasonably accurate method for aging kittens up to about 6 months. And, watch out! Those tiny little teeth are needle sharp and can make a big impression even when brand new! 

Susan Spaulding is known as the 'Kitten Mom' in the shelter and rescue community. She has 25+ years' experience caring for kittens and is widely celebrated for her expertise with neonatal orphans and special-needs kittens who others have given up on. She is also a co-founder of the National Kitten Coalition. Visit our leadership page for more information on Susan and our leadership team.
A Conference Whirlwind!
Whew! We’ve been busy planning amazing presentations for the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, New England Federation of Humane Societies and Texas Unites for Animals Conferences. We can’t decide if we’re more excited to present all of these life-saving sessions on kitten care or to meet you at the conferences and hear your kitten stories! If you’re in any of these conference areas, we hope you’ll attend our session. Also, be sure to stop by our booth to learn how we can help you with your work on behalf of the tiniest felines! 

Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (bonus half-day workshop)
Presentation topic: Kittens! Keeping Them Alive & Helping Them Thrive 
March 30 – April 2 in Charlottesville, VA

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from Maddie’s Fund®. #ThanksToMaddie
Please note that conference attendance is not required to attend the bonus workshop.
Presentation topic: Fostering Fostering: Creating, Growing & Maintaining a Successful Foster Program
April 8 – 10 in Springfield, MA

Texas Unites for Animals
Presentation topic: “Trouble Comes in Threes: Conquering the Biggest Threats to Kitten Health”
April 22 – 24 in Austin, TX
Don't Take Our Word for It...
We love kittens and helping shelters and rescues with their life-saving work on behalf of kittens! We bring decades of hands-on experience as shelter employees, rescue volunteers and kitten foster parents to every educational program we offer. The information we present is gathered from the best practices of various veterinary schools, research programs, practicing veterinarians, successful shelter programs and tried-and-true protocols used by foster parents – including our own Coalition instructors! We take pride in presenting engaging, fun, heartwarming and – most importantly – informative workshops. But, don’t take our word for it… read what our workshop attendees have to say and then email us at to find out more about our programs.
  • “Awesome! So much great information! So many tips and resources for kittens. Love this group!”
  • “Your reliance on medical/university sources is much appreciated.”
  • “Speakers are passionate about what they are doing.”
  • “The whole thing was awesome. Renewed my enthusiasm to get a foster program for neonates in our area.”
  • “Absolutely fantastic! Finally giving shelters and rescues a practical resource… Bright future for kittens and this organization.”
About the Coalition
Our team has decades of hands-on experience as shelter employees, rescue volunteers and kitten foster parents, and we bring this expertise with us when we educate and train others on up-to-date, proven information on how to save kitten lives – a labor of love we have committed to for more than 10 years.
We believe:
  • Neonatal, sick and other at-risk kittens should be given a chance to grow and thrive.
  • Our strong and well-researched educational programs save kitten lives and reduce euthanasia.
  • Those on the front lines at animal shelters, rescues organizations and in the veterinary community work tirelessly to save lives, and we stand with them in their efforts.
  • Together, we can save more lives!
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Thank you for the work you do to save animals – especially kittens!

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The National Kitten Coalition
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Gainesville, VA 20155

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