What is the Best Friends Kitten Care Center?

The Best Friends Kitten Care Center, previously called the Best Friends Kitten Nursery, saves the lives of kittens by taking them in from Utah animal shelters and finding foster homes for them. In addition to providing care for kittens and finding temporary homes before they can be adopted, the center is an educational place where you can learn how to care for neonatal kittens and find out why saving their lives is crucial for making Utah a no-kill state.

Why focus on saving kittens via foster homes?

Kittens are some of the most at-risk pets in animal shelters because they need constant care, including bottle-feeding every two hours, which many shelters don’t have the resources to provide. In 2018, 5,330 cats and kittens were killed in Utah shelters — about 63% of the animals killed in the state’s shelters. For Utah to become No-Kill Utah (NKUT), we need to save the lives of more cats in shelters, especially newborn kittens. And we can only do that with help from foster volunteers.

Where do the kittens at the Care Center come from?

All baby kittens searching for foster homes come from one of these animal shelters:

  • South Salt Lake Animal Services 
  • West Valley City Animal Services 
  • West Jordan Animal Services 
  • Salt Lake County Animal Services  
  • Davis County Animal Services 
  • Sandy City Animal Shelter 

How can I help save kittens?

You can help by fostering kittens in your home. Fostering is incredibly important (and rewarding!) because space at the Kitten Care Center is limited. The more kittens who go to foster homes, the more space is available at the center for kittens to be saved. As a foster caregiver, you’ll provide kittens with love and care, and we’ll give you all the supplies and support you need. Become a kitten foster volunteer today.

Here are some of the other ways you can help save the lives of newborn kittens:

*To volunteer, you must be at least 16 years old, have reliable transportation and fulfill at least one two-hour shift per week. The volunteer recruitment period is from February through May only.

Please note: As much as we wish it were possible, the Best Friends Kitten Care Center is unable to take in kittens from the public. The center is geared solely toward supporting our Utah shelter partners.