Inside a no-kill kitten nursery
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Inside the No-Kill Kitten Nursery

Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

A kitten named Baba Ganoush is bottle fed at the Best Friends Animal Society in Mission Hills.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

He seems to still be hungry. The 24/7 work of the volunteers here is critical. Without them, the newborns would be euthanized. 

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

The weeks-old kittens require special care that is provided by a combination of staffers, volunteers and foster caregivers.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

Kittens are kept in aquariums equipped with heating pads because they are not able to regulate their body temperature. 

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

Kara Obdenbaugh bottle feeds a kitten at the nursery.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

A kitten named Tot is fed a nutritious gruel.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

Some of it actually makes it into the kitten’s mouth.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

Volunteers Kelsey Kazahaya and Nick Kim with the Spay and Neuter Project of Los Angeles work with the Best Friends Animal Society Kitten Nursery to relocate the kittens to animal shelters across Los Angeles.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

Kittens that come to the Best Friends Animal Society Kitten Nursery without mothers are given a stuffed animal to cuddle with. 

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

The Best Friends Animal Society Kitten Nursery’s goal is to save 9,000 kittens this year. 

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

An orphaned kitten.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

Foster program coordinator Elizabeth Pashley leads a new group of potential foster caregivers.

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Inside a no-kill kitten nursery

 Laney, an orphaned kitten, is fed by bottle.

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