Frequently asked questions

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What to do if you find newborn kittens?

Kitten season is HERE!  LOA receives sometimes multiple calls per day from people who have found newborn, neo-natal or young nursing kittens and don’t know what to do.  It is a dilemma for Good Samaritans knowing whether to take or leave them.  While we would love to be able to take in every tiny life we are asked to take, LOA is just not staffed to be able to do that. 

When LOA volunteers make the commitment to take in bottle babies, they are committing to AROUND THE CLOCK care.  A volunteer feeding those babies is committed to getting up every 3 hours through the night and being (lovingly) tethered to those kittens day and night for 100% of their care for the next several weeks.  When weaning begins at about 4 weeks old, there’s a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!  We pour our hearts and love into saving their little lives, but even if you are PERFECT at neo-natal kitten care and know exactly all the right things to do, the mortality rate of bottle fed kittens is still high.   There is no great substitute for mom. 

We know that sometimes the situational dangers of leaving these kittens alone to see if mom is coming back is simply too great to allow.  I ran across a very good article on finding neo-natal kittens and how to weigh the decision of taking or leaving them with mom.  It’s written by our kitten-feeding friends in New York and gives some very good facts about making that decision.  Please feel free to share in an effort to educate.  And if you want to volunteer to bottle feed, we will be right over with a litter of babies and an instructor!

Where does LOA hold its adoption events?

LOA holds adoption events at the Petsense in North Richland Hills on the first three Saturdays of each month from 11am to 3pm.  If we are not going to be at Petsense on Saturdays, or we hold an additional adoption event, then a notice will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.​​​

Petsense
5615 Rufe Snow Dr. 
North Richland Hills, Texas 7618

Do all LOA Cats attend adoption events?

No, not all LOA Cats attend every adoption event.  There are numerous reasons why one might not be there.  However, if you are interested in a specific Cat, you can email our adoption manager by clickeing HERE  and she can let you know if that cat will be at our event.

Why doesn't LOA adopt out very young kittens?

Because of our commitment to raising well socialized, healthy animals for adoption, the kittens in our program are approximately 16 weeks old before they are ready for adoption.  During that time they are in their foster homes, we work on proper weaning, good habits (potty box, scratching, etc.), good manners and any other special items that might need to be addressed.  Our kittens are always raised with siblings or other foster kittens to promote healthy play activity as well as learning good manners.  The humans in our foster homes are adept at focusing on socialization and do all possible to raise well rounded, social kittens. 

In addition, during the time they are fostered, we take care of the vetting process which takes several months to complete.  Our kittens receive testing for FIV/Leukemia, multiple fecal testings, vaccines and boosters, spay/neuter, microchipping and an overall health exam each time they visit our veterinarian - all while they are with us.  That brings them to about 15-16 weeks old when they are ready.  

If you see a kitten in the nursery here on our website that you would like to talk to us about pre-adopting, we can certainly do that.  Email adopt.littleorphanangels@yahoo.com for more information on pre-adopting.  We hope you enjoy these sweet little faces, and they will see you soon!

What kind of medical care do LOA Cats receive before they are adopted?

All LOA Cats go through a number of medical procedures before they are adoptable.  Below is a list of the most common medical procedures that each cat has had done.  However, each cat is different and some may require more vet visits than others.  At the time of the adoption, you are given the cat's complete medical history.  LOA strives to keep all our cats as healthy as possible.

Tested for FIV (feline HIV) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia) - These are the two most serious illnesses that spread quickly among the stray cat population.  It is also the first test LOA does when bringing a cat into the program.

Spayed or Neutered at the appropriate age - LOA spays and neuters in accordance with the protocol set out by our medical director.

All required vaccinations and boosters are given at the appropriate time - LOA Cats undergo their first two rounds of vaccines prior to being spayed or neutered.  Below are the vaccines that our cats receive.  
Rabies, FVRCP, FeLV

Tests for intestinal parasites - Many LOA Cats enter our program from local shelters.  There is no way to know how they came to be at the shelter, so all cats are tested for internal parasites and all are treated accordingly.   

Treatments for other illnesses - Since many LOA Kittens and Cats are from local shelters, they can come into our program with a medical need.  LOA takes care of any such medical need that should arise while the cats are in our program.

Microchip - All LOA Cats are microchipped and we remain a secondary contact on the microchip account.  This has saved several LOA Cats who were dumped at local shelters instead of being returned to us.
Free well pet exam at time of adoption - All LOA Cats receive a free pet wellness exam after they are adopted.  This is free of charge to the new owner.

What is an LOA Sleepover?

Once you have selected your LOA Angel and been approved to adopt, you actually foster the cat you are interested in for two weeks. The sleepover allows time for integration into your home and family.  LOA provides support in the form of introduction instructions to your other animals.​
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