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Metal cart with bags of dry dog/cat food and canned wet food
Pet Food Pantry

Not to long ago you could buy a 20 oz soda for $1, but go to any Walmart or Target today and the price will be well over $2. Soda is not the only item we are seeing inflation effect. Many pet owners in the area are facing higher prices in rent, food, and gasoline with no increase in pay. This means they are looking for ways to cover their bills. The scary thing is many people have to consider getting rid of their pets because they can not afford even the basics like food.

This is where our pet food pantry comes in! Donated bags of dry dog and cat food get divided up into smaller bags so that we can hand out food to more people. In the last 6 months we have handed out over 3,500 lbs of food to families in need.

This service helps keep pets in homes and out of shelters or off the streets.

We are in desperate need of more food, because daily we have people requesting help. If you would like to help you can bring donations to the pet resource center on Phoenix Ave. or you can have items send directly to us from Amazon.

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Like many Nonprofit organizations Kitties and Kanines has a goal to keep our cost down. We have a great group of volunteers that help make this possible! Volunteer opportunities ranges from helping handle dogs and cats on surgical days to answering phones.

In 2021 we were able to begin an internship program with the Future School of Fort Smith. This program provides hands on workforce training to high school students. Since January 2023 these students have put in over 600 volunteer hours with us. Special projects have included organizing and stocking our food pantry, answering phones and scheduling appointments, and LOTS of customer service experience. We look forward to expanding this program and to continue to help students explore the wonderful world of working in Animal Welfare.

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a pile of newborn black kittens lay together for warmth on a light pink blanket.
Cuddle Puddle

Kitten season in Arkansas/Oklahoma can be hard to define. In many parts of the USA it is between April and October, but for us it can often be year round. Basically, if the weather is nice an un-spayed female cat is ready to reproduce.

This year we have seen many kittens brought to Kitties and Kanines, both with momma cat and without.

The particular litter we have pictured came in with a momma cat (Bloom) who had a large wound on her stomach. She was no longer producing milk and the babies were on the verge of starvation at only 2 weeks old. Small kittens are very hard to bottle feed, needing feedings every few hours and having difficulty latching on to rubber nipples. Luckily another cat (Nurse) had been brought in with her own litter who were almost ready to wean. We were able to switch the younger kittens to Nurse and begin the weaning process with a foster home for the older kittens. Nurse took to the new kittens like a champ and we were able to treat Bloom’s wound. Bloom will be up for adoption soon. Nurse’s kittens Brain, Pinky, Rita, and Runt will be up for adoption at the beginning of July. In August we expect Bloom’s babies to be ready for adoption- Avery, Sandy, Buster, Luca, and Murray.

This is why it is so important to spay/neuter your pets. All of the cats we adopt out are spay/neutered before adoption. If you would like to help with the cost of caring for these babies you can donate to Kitties and Kanines. We would also be grateful for fosters and volunteers.

Black and white long hair cat lays on soft pink blanket, 5 small newborn black kittens lay in a pile near the mom cat.  At the bottom of the picture is a green, yellow and white toy and a metal bowl of wet cat food and a bowl of dry cat food.
Momma Cat (Nurse) with Kittens

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