Video Length: 61 minutes
Over 11,000 kittens have been saved over the last 10 years by Austin Pets Alive!, but despite Austin's success, neonatal kittens continue to be one of the most vulnerable populations of pets in shelters today. Virtually every single kitten in the nursery (>2000 per year) must go to foster. Part two of this two-part presentation will teach you everything you need to know to create, train, and retain a foster network for neonates. This presentation was recorded by Maddie's Fund® at the 2019 American Pets Alive! Conference.
Dr. Jennifer Parks is the Director of Vet Services for Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, AZ. After completing a PhD in conservation genetics at University of Colorado, Dr. Parks volunteered at a local shelter during her years of post-doctoral research at Univ. of Arizona. The shelter animals compelled her to shift her professional goals, and Wilcox finished her veterinary degree at Univ. Wisconsin in 2008. She returned to Tucson as a shelter vet, and eventually became medical director at Humane Society of Southern Arizona. She moved to PACC as their first "shelter" vet five years ago. PACC presented abundant challenges as the largest open admission municipal shelter in Southern Arizona. Community support toward PACC shifted dramatically in 2014 when life-saving medical stories were broadcast, and key programs successfully launched.