Lights, Camera… Paws!

A Day in the Life… Our Story

Linus, Ryder, Rory, and Merlin

These adorable little neonatal kittens were found in the woods, just days old, eyes still closed with no mother in site. Concerned they would be eaten by predators, a responsible community member brought them to the no-kill, non-profit cat rescue that I volunteered for. They called us right away. We received the litter of kittens within hours. My family and I are their “foster moms” for approximately 8-10 weeks until they are adopted to their FUR-ever homes.
At this age, Neonatal kittens need immediate care, 24/7 around the clock, with bottle feedings of kitten formula, every 2 hours. The kittens were tiny – smaller than your hand. We kept them together in a box with a warm heating pad and blankets. We weighed them twice a day and kept a record, to ensure they were gaining weight. Within a week, their eyes opened. Then they learned how to walk, jump and run. It is funny to see. They stagger, wobble and hop! Before long, the kittens learned how to eat on their own with a mushy mixture of wet food and formula, and use a litter box. Then, they are big enough to enter the “kitty room” in our home. The kitty room, void of furniture, is like an amusement park for kittens. It is full of toys, cat trees soft furry beds, baskets, blankets and boxes for them to play in. Neighbors’ children, and my kids’ friends would come for visits to see them and hold them. They were well-socialized to say the least; they learned how to love and trust humans. We enjoyed having them in the house- sweet, loving, little cuddle bugs. We had fun photographing them in the kitty room with toys, props, and colored backgrounds. They were very silly and loved the attention. The photos and video below were taken while they were in our care. Watch them play in the video below.
At 7-8 weeks we take their adoption photos (below) and they are posted on the rescue organization’s online adoption site which also feeds to Petfinder.com. It’s remarkable what bright, colorful, cute photos can do to help adoptions. All of the kittens received online adoption applications within 24 hours of the postings, and were adopted! We were sad to see them go, but there are always more baby kittens that need our help to survive, and it makes room for more.
My family and I fostered continually for many years, and found ourselves with a large photo library with adorable images of all of the rescue kittens we helped get adopted.

Adoption Photos

Fundraisers and Complimentary Photography For Rescues

Besides fostering, my daughter and I also volunteered on weekends at PetSmart where the adoptions were held. We set up a “photo booth” in the store and took photos of foster kittens/cats that were there so that they would have the same opportunity to get adopted quickly online with a great photo. We were thrilled when the rescue reported to us that their adoption numbers for tripled due to our help! We called ourselves, “One Photo Saves”, and offered complimentary photography sessions/images and pet photography workshops for all rescues in our local area. In addition, we donated our rescue kitten photography to the rescue organizations to use for calendar fundraisers and framed art auctions to raise money for the animals medical care, food, and other support.

Kitty Playtime Video

Video below shows my foster kittens Linus, Ryder, Rory and Merlin playing with the Siamese twins Remi and Roman playing in my kitty room. Their little personalities really shine. They can get C-R-A-Z-Y-!

Art on Products

Soon my daughter and I realized the photos that helped our little foster kittens get adopted, could serve another purpose: as art on products to raise awareness for animal rescues with outreach to communities around the world. Here are examples of what we have achieved so far.

By partnering with manufacturer’s of art products, and art licensing, we can help facilitate change and conversation with hopes that all companion animals whose days are numbered in shelters will have an opportunity to live and experience a full life of love in a forever home.

We hope that if you are an Art Licensee you will please consider our photography to support and inspire life for our cause.

The National Kitten Coalition

Support is essential for neonatal bottle baby kittens like those I have spent years fostering (above). Unfortunately they are almost always euthanized when brought to county shelters due to the amount of care they need to survive. To read more about how you can help increase the survival rates of kittens, please visit the National Kitten Coalition. Your support is necessary and immensely needed.