CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- The Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation is inviting the public to donate to its second annual "kitten shower" for those currently in foster care or at the shelter.
Gifts at the top of the shelter's registry are "loving hearts and caring homes" -- but donations of money and products are also greatly appreciated.
Donated funds and items help with the cost of fostering the kittens or their care at the shelter. BC Protect and Rescue is a no-kill, volunteer, nonprofit animal shelter, functioning through donations, adoption fees and fundraising.
Currently-adoptable kitties are both male and female, and have coat patterns from black and white, to tabbies and tortoise shells. They range in age from five weeks old to full adults.
Kittens are in foster care until they are at least six weeks old, and they receive all necessary medical care and vaccinations. The mothers are also vaccinated, tested for disease and spayed -- and also adoptable.
You can donate online or view the products wishlist here. To donate by mail, make checks payable to BC Protect and Rescue, P.O. Box 1172, Fort Lee, NJ 07024; note Kitten Shower on the memo line. Donations of any amount are welcome.
Additional foster homes are also needed, for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies until they find their forever homes, because the shelter has limited space. The shelter pays for animals' food and medical bills while they're in foster care. The foster parents are on the hook for love, basic training, play time and help with the adoption process by sharing the news of their fostered animal.
Dedicated people with a love of working with animals are also encouraged to come volunteer at the shelter.
In 2015, the shelter 635 animals into its care. It also uses humane traps to capture and relocate wildlife to safer locations, and seeks medical assistance and rehabilitation for injured animals.