The Arizona Animal Welfare League is desperate for donations.
More than 1,300 kittens were brought to the shelter during last year's "kitten season," according to an AAWL spokesperson. This year, the shelter is ahead of expectations by 200 kittens.
That means there's not enough to go around. In this case, the shelter says it is down to just two cans of wet food for the kittens, and they have a dire need for more.
The two types of food donators can bring are Purina Pro Plan Focus Kitten Canned Cat Food and Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Babycat Instinctive Loaf In Sauce. These foods are both specially formulated for kittens up to 1 year old, nourishing their immune system as it develops.
An email from AAWL said that during a kitten's first few weeks and months in life, it doubles or triples its growth. All that growing and expending energy requires specific nutrients, and if it is able to transition from mother's milk to solid food, its survival odds go up considerably.
If you want to donate, you can bring items like these kitten foods and others on the AAWL donation wish list to its location at 25 N. 40th Street (map here) Tuesday-Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Other ways to donate include dog beds (either small or large) -- AAWL uses Patented Kuranda Dog Beds, which are available to donate here.
You can also set up you Amazon account to donate 0.5 percent of each total purchase you make to AAWL. Just go to smile.amazon.com to set up your Amazon Smile account. Here's a link to AAWL's Amazon wish list, too.
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