Lifesaving Kitten Nursery

You’re invited to the cutest kitten shower to help as we prepare to welcome almost 1,000 kittens into our lifesaving nursery this year! This year’s Kitten Shower, hosted at our MEOW co. Cat Hospital in Downtown Bakersfield, is an all-ages free event inviting community members to enjoy complimentary light bites and refreshments, while enjoying tours of the kitten nursery, education on fostering kittens, volunteer opportunities, kitten shower games, and more.

Just show up with a much-needed donation of lifesaving kitten supplies from our wishlist on Amazon or make a monetary donation.

MEOW co. Lifesaving Nursery

In 2019, nearly 1,000 young kittens will come through the MEOW co. Lifesaving Kitten Nursery in Downtown Bakersfield. Our dedicated team of nursery staff and volunteers provide around the clock care for orphaned kittens and nursing mom cats until they reach adoption age, usually around two months or when kittens weigh two pounds.

The MEOW co. Lifesaving Kitten Nursery in Downtown Bakersfield has cared for several thousand neonatal kittens and nursing mom cats since opening its doors in July of 2016. Cats and kittens are a key part of the Make Kern No-Kill initiative.

How Can I Make a Difference?


This year, around 6,000 kittens (two months of age or younger) will enter the Bakersfield shelters in need of urgent rescue and care. We are looking for temporary foster homes for hundreds of baby kittens. The foster period typically lasts a short 2-3 weeks for weaned kittens and 6-8 weeks for bottle babies. The kittens are then returned back to us so we can find them a loving, permanent home. Learn more about the  MEOW co. foster program


Volunteers are needed 24/7 to take care of kittens in our on-site nursery. Duties range from bottle-feeding, cage cleaning, and food preparation. Similar to a real nursery, the neonatal unit has strict protocols to ensure the health of the kittens. Volunteers are needed around the clock, and we would love to have you join us! Get started by signing up as a MEOW co. volunteer.


Help us provide for the thousands of kittens in our care by donating to the kitten nursery. Our kitten registry lists the most-needed supplies to keep our nursery shelves stocked with kitten milk replacement, kitten food, and other essentials. Simply purchase you item and have it shipped directly to our kitten nursery. Start shopping

Please note: As much as we wish it were possible, the MEOW co. Kitten Nursery is unable to take in kittens from the public. The nursery is geared solely toward supporting Bakersfield shelter partners.

What next?

After you submit your volunteer application, your NEXT STEP is to enroll in our Kitten Nursery Assistant (KNA) course on the St. Gertrude University site. After you complete your course, you’ll be able to download your KNA Skills Sheet and come in for your first day of training in our Lifesaving Kitten Nursery. After you complete your training you’ll receive your KNA Certificate and your MEOW co. Kitten Nursery Assistant badge.

You can begin your online training >> HERE <<

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