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TV sports anchor becomes full-time kitten foster amid COVID-19


RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Kindness comes in many forms and at different times. CBS4 Sports Anchor, Amanda Atwell has shifted her time focused on sports to bottle-feeding day old kittens, “I mean it turned me into a crazy cat lady… with all the surplus of kittens coming into the shelter and my surplus of free time, I saw this is a good opportunity to help out in any way I could,” said Atwell.

The surplus of time is a blessing in disguise for Palm Valley Animal Society, “We get a lot of animals in the summer,” said Community Cat Program Coordinator Sarah Kowalski.

When the summertime heat goes up so do feline breeding patterns and PVAS will see an influx of kittens, “Sometimes the kittens are less than a day old when they come into our facility,” said Kowalski.

PVAS is among the highest intake facilities in the country, seeing tens of thousands of animals a year. The non-profit has significantly changed its structure of adopting animals, fostering plans, and transporting dogs and cats to other cities to reduce euthanizing healthy animals. PVAS’ goal is to become “no kill” but to achieve a milestone of this magnitude, community assistance is needed in all forms, “If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate. Any little contribution means so much here and without donations, we couldn’t buy kitten milk. We couldn’t buy the bottles or the blankets to give to our fosters who are able to provide that care.” said Kowalski.

To learn more about donating to PVAS or to become a volunteer visit their website.

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