Skip to main content

Kitten Shower


This year, Friends of the Animal Shelter was given an ultimatum regarding kittens – either pay the County a fee-per-kitten to foster, or they won’t accept kittens at all. Understanding the possible fate these kittens would face if the Shelter was unwilling to accept them, as well as the impact this would have on the cat overpopulation crisis, Friends of the Animal Shelter agreed. The lives and wellbeing of these vulnerable kittens are well worth the time, effort, and expense required to care for them.

As of April 1st, Jackson County Health and Human Services (under which the Jackson County Animal Shelter is managed) is charging Friends of the Animal Shelter close to $200 for every kitten we foster to cover the cost of food, vaccinations and spay/neuter. We have never had to pay a fee before, and frankly, it’s not in our budget.

Please consider sponsoring a kitten (or 2 or 3) for $200 each.Donate Now


If you would like to send a check, please make it out to Friends of the Animal Shelter,
and write KITTEN SHOWER on the memo line.
Mail it to Friends of the Animal Shelter, PO Box 1013, Phoenix, OR 97535.

Sadly, the County is not accepting neo-natal (bottle) babies, pregnant cats, or mama-kitties with kittens. Only “weaned” (eating out of bowl) kittens. And, they are limiting the number of kittens that can “officially” be in foster care at any given time.

Friends of the Animal Shelter is up for the challenge! We are eager to do what we need to do. We going to foster kittens. Both weaned and bottle babies. We will also work with local feline rescue organizations to ensure we help as many kittens and cats in our community as possible.

Examples of “Regular” expenses:

  • Kitten milk replacement formula: Close to $300 for a 20 lb. bucket (we go through 6 – 8 of these each year)
  • Canned and dry kitten food: $100/kitten
  • Kitty Litter: Lots of it!
  • Flea and ear mite treatment: $20/kitten
  • Play Pens that can be cleaned and re-used
  • Spay/Neuter: $100/kitten

Examples of Medical expenses:

  • Vet visits for analysis – helps if we know what we’re treating!  Huge expense!
  • Blood and fecal tests
  • Ringworm tests, oral and topical treatments: $100/kitten
  • Medicines specific to medical issues, like giardia or coccidia
  • Hydration tools: Sub-Q fluids, needles and syringes
  • Antibiotics for infections
  • Probiotics for out-of-balance little tummies

Thank you for helping us save the lives of hundreds of orphaned kittens!

If you have any questions, please email us.

And please help spread the word on Facebook and other social media.

NEW Kitten Care Resources

FOTAS has created a Kitten Care resource page to help you through the fostering and kitten rescue process.  


Find out the many ways you can help this kitten season by fostering. 

Adopt from your local animal shelter

Adopt Now!

Take home a new pet and make lasting memories

Volunteer at your local animal shelter

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer with FOTAS

Donate to your local animal shelter

Donate Now!

Help us, help them

Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Spay/Neuter Services

Help stop overpopulation

Foster Opportunties

Foster Opportunities

Be a foster, save a life

Our Animal Shelter

The Animal Shelter

Visit the Jackson County Animal Shelter