March 2018 by Casandra Mensing

Audience: Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 50 Minutes

Saving All The Bottle Baby Kittens: From Nursery To Foster Presentation - Part One: How to Start a Bottle Baby Nursery

Austin Pets Alive! (APA) has saved over 7,500 neonatal kittens since 2009. In this two-part presentation, you'll learn how to start and build a bottle baby nursery, plus how to create a foster network for neonates. During this first hour, Casandra Mensing shares her experience running APA!'s Nursery, from its meager beginnings to the groundbreaking phenomenon that it is today.

In the second hour, Gloria Hudson focuses on finding, training, and retaining specialized foster families for kittens, whether you have a nursery or not. This presentation gives you the tools to start saving kittens in your community today. Don't miss finding out how APA! proved the experts wrong and surpassed a 90% survival rate!

This presentation was recorded at the 2018 American Pets Alive! Conference.

About Casandra Mensing

Casandra Mensing grew up in South Carolina, and received a BA in Psychology from Clemson University. She moved to Austin, TX in 2009 and promptly became a fixture in APA's Bottle Baby Program. She worked countless hours as a volunteer before becoming the Neonatal Ward Manager for Austin Pets Alive in 2011. Under her direction, APA's Bottle Baby program celebrated a 91% save rate during the 2015 season. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside, playing with her toddler and hanging out with her two dogs and two cats - both APA alums.