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WHS seeks bottle baby foster parents

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has launched a “bottle baby” foster program for orphaned, neonatal kittens and is looking for volunteers to provide in-home foster care.

Bottle babies are orphaned, neonatal kittens too young to eat solid food on their own. They are generally 1 day to 4 weeks old. Without a mom to care for them, they depend on caring people to survive.

Fostering bottle babies is a serious commitment, as the little ones may need feeding as often as every 2-3 hours. They also need help going to the bathroom (by wiping their little bums), and need warmth constantly. 

Bottle baby fostering may be best for people who work from home, have flexible schedules, stay at home, are retired, or are able to bring tiny kittens to work every day. 

"Without foster parents,” said Angela Speed, vice president of communications at WHS, “these guys can't survive, as even our shelters can't be staffed for 24 hours and neonatal kittens are especially susceptible to picking up infectious diseases in-shelter because their immune systems are so weak.”

There are two ways to get started (choose either):

 1. Online Fast-Track

  • Read through our foster requirements at
  • Attend WHS’s online orientation
  • Fill out a foster application (link provided upon completion of orientation)
  • WHS will contact you to sign a few forms and then let you know who most needs help!


2. Maybe, But I Want To Learn More


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About the Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin.  It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Counties, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis.  The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.   WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. For more information, please call (414) 264-6257 or visit