Antietam Humane Society is a Managed Admission Shelter. This means that, while we do our best to schedule our intake according to our space, we turn away no stray animal in need of our care. We have also worked very hard since April 2021 to become a “no-kill” shelter (meaning a live-release rate of 90% or higher for all of our animals).
The only way that we are able to achieve this is through the generous support of our dedicated community, and with kittens as well as some adults, the best way to help is by fostering them in your home.
Stray kittens do best when they are with their mom, and it is best to wait to bring them to the shelter when they are 8 weeks old and able to eat on their own. But, for the ones whose mom is not around to care for them and they need the shelter resources, we rely on our foster network to take care of them.
Fostering typically lasts anywhere from 2 weeks to 8 weeks depending how old the kitten(s) are or what medical issues an adult might need. Generally they are in groups, but sometimes are single, and are just looking for a space to vacation away from the shelter so they can stay healthy until they are old enough to get spayed/neutered and made available for adoption or recovered from medical issues. We ask that you bring them to the shelter for their vaccinations and contact us regarding any medical needs.
You will be supplied with a crate, carrier, litter box/scoop, toys, and blankets for the duration of their stay with you and food and litter to get you started.
If you are ready to open your home to some kittens or cats for a few weeks, complete the application and review the information packet. Once your application has been processed, our foster coordinator will be in contact with you.
Not able to foster but still want to help, take a look at our foster kitten supply wish list and donate to the cause!