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Just in Time for Kitten Season!

  • 1.  Just in Time for Kitten Season!

    Posted 04-17-2024 11:12 AM

    Kitten season has arrived, and many of you are probably wondering what you can do to keep your kitten foster program working as efficiently as possible all season long. We have a great resource for you!

    On Thursday, May 2, 2024, join Maddie's® Monthly Foster Connection at 12pm PT/3pm ET to hear from @Marnie Russ how the Animal Welfare League of Arlington runs their high-volume kitten foster program, which brings in kittens from not only Arlington but other local jurisdictions. 

    Register for the session and join Maddie's Monthly Foster Connection public group so that you can receive notifications about upcoming webcasts and participate in discussions after the webcast. 

    Session Description:

    AWLA's Kitten College went from saving just 92 kittens a year with 28 foster families, to saving more than 1,500 kittens a year with almost 300 foster families. Come to this session to learn how they do it!

    About Our Speaker:

    Marnie Russ; National Kitten College Program Administrator, Animal
    Welfare League of Arlington

    Marnie developed the Kitten College at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Arlington, VA. The first kitten nursery of its kind, Arlington went from saving 92 kittens a year in 2016 to 1547 kittens in 2022 all while maintaining a no kill live release rate.

    Marnie has been fostering neonatal kittens for over two decades, specializing in critical-care neonates and high-risk nursing/expectant queens. Marnie is a recognized expert on caring for at-risk kittens. She is co-founder of the National Kitten Coalition and speaks nationally on the subject of at risk neonatal kittens. Her advice and expertise is sought from shelters and rescues across the country.

    In 2023, Marnie assisted UC Davis and the University of Wisconsin to update their neonatal kitten guidelines for mass distribution. Marnie is a seasoned animal advocate who has previously worked for the ASPCA traveling across the country working with shelters as well as state and local governments to advance animal-welfare policy.

    Marnie sits on multiple Boards for spay/neuter organizations throughout the county including Fox Hollow Animal Project in Montana and Caring Hands Animal Support and Education – International Advocacy. She annually travels to third world countries assisting in international spay/neuter projects to help impact the lives of street animals in underserved areas.


    Kelly Duer
    Senior Community Solutions Specialist
    Maddie's Fund