Saving Lives Through Education
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Let’s Make 2017 the
Year of the Kitten!

It’s a new year – time for resolutions, change and hope for a positive tomorrow! With your friendship and support, we’re working toward that positive tomorrow where all sick, injured, orphaned and homeless kittens are given a chance to grow and thrive. We’re passionate about our mission to provide life-saving education on kitten care to animal shelters, rescue organizations and the general public – it’s our calling, our passion, our labor of love. We know you feel the same about kittens. You are foster volunteers, animal welfare professionals, feline advocates, animal lovers – however you define yourself, we know where your heart lies because our heart lies there, too.
We need you! Our team is busy planning an amazing year of program changes, additions and extra surprises – but we need your input. We want to make sure our programs and offerings are going to help you save more lives. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day, right? So, please take a look at the following questions and give us your answers at Thank you!


  1. What was your biggest kitten challenge in 2016? Please be specific!
  2. Which educational delivery method do you prefer? Attending an in-person workshop, participating in a webinar (live or recorded), watching a video, listening to a podcast or reading an article? Or, is there some other way you like best?
  3. What is the one “must learn” kitten care topic you need addressed in 2017?


New Year = New Exec. Dir.

We have a new Executive Director! Rebecca Jewell is a feline advocate with more than 10 years’ experience in animal welfare – most of that time at two public shelters in the greater Washington D.C. area. Rather than list the typical bio stuff, we’ll just mention a couple interesting tidbits about her (in no particular order).

  • Worked for a time at the Jane Goodall Institute and had the opportunity to meet Dr. Goodall.
  • Birthstone is a coffee bean (not really, but loves coffee).
  • Her kitty, Henry, has his own “cubicle” next to her desk. 
  • Created two successful foster programs at two very different public shelters.
  • In 2010, the foster program she created and managed at a public shelter had a 97 percent survival rate for neonatal kittens (thanks to the strong educational foundation provided by The National Kitten Coalition).

To learn more about Rebecca and our leadership team, visit

 About the Kitten 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!
Learn more about The National Kitten Coalition at or

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Where’s NKC?

We hope to see you at an upcoming event! To learn more about those listed and future ones, visit or our Facebook page

Half-day workshop
Arlington, VA 
Saturday, February 18

Half-day workshop
Potomac Falls, VA
Saturday, February 25
Full-day workshop
Arlington, VA
Saturday, March 4

Full-day workshop
Chestertown, MD
Saturday, March 18

Half-day workshop
Winchester, VA
Saturday, March 25

Full-day workshop
Fort Wayne, IN
Monday, March 27

Speaking Engagements:
Special Presentation hosted by The Carolinas Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic: 'Kitten Mom,' Susan Spaulding, will speak in Charlotte, NC on
Saturday, March 11

Special Presentation: 'Kitten Mom,' Susan Spaulding, and Director of Educational Programs, Rosemarie Crawford, will speak in Upperville, VA on Wednesday, March 15

Kitten Mom's Corner

Brrr...It's cold out there!

As we move further into the cold winter months, it is important to remember that one major cause of neonatal deaths is hypothermia. Kittens cannot regulate their own body temperature until about four weeks old, so ambient temperature can drastically affect them. If they have been without mom or in a cold environment, their body functions may begin to shut down as their core temperature decreases.

If you find a cold kitten, your first priority is warming.  When cold, the kitten cannot metabolize food or medications so do not feed as this can be dangerous and even lead to death. You should begin warming the kitten immediately but without using extreme heat. Holding kittens against your body, is only partially helpful as our body temperature is still lower than the 100 – 102 degrees F that a kitten’s body temperature should be. Use a warm (not hot) SnuggleSafe, heating pad on low, warm water bottle, heated rice bag, etc.  All heat sources should be covered with a towel so as to moderate the heat and prevent direct contact with the kitten.  Constantly monitor the kitten’s temperature, adjust the little one’s position to warm all areas of the body, and never leave a debilitated kitten alone with a heat source as overheating and burns could occur.  

Get the kitten to a veterinarian ASAP – even if the kitten seems to be responding to the warming techniques.  A thorough exam will be needed to help determine if the kitten suffered any temporary or permanent injury to its organs and if additional treatment is needed.  

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. 
For more information on Susan, visit
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