Feline Medicine Club

Orphan Kitten Project

The Orphan Kitten Project is a rescue program run by the Feline Medicine Club at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Orphaned and abandoned neonatal kittens under 4 weeks of age are taken in from the community and given a complete physical exam by the project coordinators. These kittens are then fostered by veterinary students who bottle-raise them in their own homes. The kittens are weaned, vaccinated, FeLV tested, spayed or neutered, and dewormed vaccinations before they are put up for adoption, usually by 10-12 weeks of age.

The purpose of this Project is twofold: 1) To reduce the feral cat population by rescuing stray kittens and de-sexing them before adoption 2) To train future veterinarians in the husbandry and medical care of feline neonates.

None of our foster kittens are involved in medical research and no healthy kittens are euthanized because a permanent home cannot be found. All kittens remain in the program until they are adopted out.How do I adopt a kitten?

Call our Orphan Kitten Hotline at 530.752.9407 and leave a message on our machine. Calls are usually returned within 48 hours. We do not have a physical address, but potential adopters can meet kittens through individual foster parents. The adoption fee is $85 for each kitten. This fee includes the kitten's first 2 FVRCP vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, and FeLV testing. The adoption fee actually does not fully cover the cost of raising kittens which also includes formula, food, medications, bottles, carriers, and other supplies. We thank the Feline Medicine Club for its continued support and funding this program.

You can see our kittens at the Farmer's Market in Davis on select Saturday mornings. Any questions you may have can be answered by a project coordinator at our booth.Also, please see our listings on petfinder!