Neonatal Bottle Baby Program

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Presented at the American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference 2014.

Transcript of Neonatal Bottle Baby Program

  • 1.Neonatal Program

2. More KittensMore Structure 3. Adequate Facility Adjust your current space Relocate the nursery 4. Nursery Structure All inAll out system for intakes Create separate rooms if your space is open Status boards Overflow or isolation area 5. SuppliesStorage Area Multiple feeding stationsscales, baby wipe warmers, etc. Bins for litter Cat litter Cotton balls Hand sanitizer Disinfectant (nonirritating) Approved cleansers Towels (small and paper) Canned kitten food Dry kitten food: (Royal Canin Baby Cat Kibble preferred) 6. Team Structure More intakes, expanded program Establish program policies and procedures 7. BB Organizational Chart 8. As you grow, so will your need for volunteers and fosters Dont lose sight of either one 9. How do we get and keep volunteers? Positive messaging Social media Signs Orientation Local news resources Word of Mouth Keeping volunteers Train them well Clearly defined roles Give them ownership Manage expectations Expect turnover Help them Have fun! 10. Teams within the team Job descriptions Volunteer Agreement Strict time commitments for volunteers Paid feeders Calendar Keep it fun and rewarding 11. Foster Team Coordinator Closely monitors nursery population Closely monitors foster list spreadsheet Stays in touch with clinic Separate foster needsBBs, gruel kittens, pregnant and nursing cats, medical and special needs 12. How do we find and keep fosters? Blog Social media Local news (radio, TV, newspaper) Word-of-Mouth Educate, train fosters Foster Mentors Help with marketing and adoptions Make sure fosters know how important they are to the program APPRECIATE your fosters! 13. Transport Coordinator Liaison with local shelter Pictures; kittens story; health updates from shelter Close contact with nursery manager/foster manager/clinic Arrange transports Transport team 14. Training Coordinator Recruiting Respond to inquiries about joining team Consistent training format Strategic scheduling of classes Only experienced feeders should be trainers Monitor trainees progress; watch for red flags Provide mentoring as needed Train the trainers Annual workshop 15. Team Communication Google Calendar (scheduler) Yahoo group, pros and cons Message board in nursery Weekly updates, monthly newsletter Social Media Volunteer Liaison 16. Your organization must also be up to the task of saving more kittens Adoptions and Foster Team Medicaldisease, ringworm, surgeries **APA Clinic performed 1,826 CAT spay/neuter surgeries in 2013 approximately 70% of those were for our kittens** 17. 2 Important External Positions Cat Program & Rescue Manager Oversees anything to do with rescuing cats over 6 weeks old and once our babies turn 6 weeks old. Cat Adoption Manager Oversees adoption processes, adoption centers and where our kittens go when they are old enough to find forever homes 18. Protocols Intake/Testing Sanitation Prevention oRingworm oURI oDiarrhea oPanleuk Illness protocols oFading Kitten Syndrome oURI oDiarrhea oRingworm oPanleuk Feeding/Recipes Outcome Vaccinations/Parasite Control 19. Record Keeping Intake Information Feeding/weight Urination Defecation Unusual behavior Medical Symptoms Medications Comments Vet notes Feeder Board 20. Typical Diseases and Meds URI: Doxycycline suspension, Zithromax, Baytril, Convenia (depends on severity) Diarrhea: Pen G, Kaolin, Amoxicillin, Metro, Panacur, Marquis Paste, Baytril, LRS Vomit/Diarrhea: Panleuk protocol (Baytril LRS, Polyflex, Cerenia) Ringworm: Terbinafine; spot treat with lime dip Fleas: tiny drop of Frontline or Capstar Constipation: Laxatone, sq fluids Not eating: tube feed, Reglan, sq LRS, antibiotic Almost ALL kittens get sick with something! Fading Kitten Syndrome- B12 injection; usually has underlying problem, treat even if you dont see it 21. Medical Guide URGENT: call person on call; start fading kitten protocol first Diarrhea Abnormal twitches Bleeding from any part of the body Heavy breathing, gasping/mouth-breathing; breath interval is low Head slumped in food/water bowl and cant wake up Body limp and non-responsive WATCH CLOSELY Coughing Wheezing Sneezing Tires easily Loss of appetite; not eating Change in attitude or behavior Behavior that is unusual compared to normal behavior Straining to urinate or defecatestimulate, consult vet team if not productive 22. Fading Kitten Syndrome Sometimes kittens simply fade Stop growing Lose weight Stop nursing/eating Cant stay upright Cry continuously Chronic illness can also pose problems (e.g., persistent diarrhea even after treatment) If kitten becomes lethargic/gasping for air: Wrap kitten in heating source/pad, protected with a blanket, like a burrito Make a sugar water mixture (can also use Karo syrup or Dextrose if available) and carefully force feed oral syringe Place in bin and watch while feeding other kittens if necessary Call On Call Person 23. Stay focuseddont give up! 24. The higher you set your standards, the higher your team will rise to meet them. 25. 2009: Bottle Baby Team started mid-season over 250 kittens saved! 2010: over 801 kittens saved! 2011: over 1,100 kittens saved! 2012: over 2,100 kittens saved! 2013: over 1,500 kittens saved 90% survival rate! 26. Let us know how things go as you expand your Neonatal Program and SAVE MORE LIVES!