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A pet’s average stay at the Connecticut Humane Society is 30 days. But supporters like you allow their care to continue for however long they need it. How do you take them from fragile and defeated, to healthy and hopeful? Here’s a look at Slate’s journey, from around 3 days old, to nearly 3 months old. The tiny kitten received care for 88 days before finding a home.

March 17: The gray-and-white ball of fluff arrives at CHS. An animal control officer (ACO) had found him outside all alone, eyes still closed, umbilical cord still attached. CHS coordinates with the ACO and a foster volunteer to arrive at the same time so that once Slate receives his veterinary exam, the orphaned kitten goes right into his foster home with round-the-clock bottle feeding. He weighs 4 ounces.

March 30: Poor Slate has an upset stomach, but he’s a good eater. CHS’ medical department gives foster Mom some medicine for the little one. He’s now almost 11 ounces! Slate loves drinking from his bottle every 2-3 hours day and night. He’s so lucky to have a foster mom who embraces that challenge and is willing to give up some sleep!

April 6: Slate’s tummy is feeling much better. Foster mom works to introduce him to kitten food! Kitty has also hit the 1-pound mark!

April 25: This guy is growing like a weed. He’s almost 2 pounds now, eats some dry food, and still loves his bottle. CHS veterinarians examine him and are impressed with his progress—he’s come so far from that first day when he could fit in the palm of their hand. Slate gets a few preventative medications and heads back to his foster home.

May 4: Slate never tires! He jumps, he pounces, he runs, he doesn’t sit still anymore! He’s having a ball and almost ready to start a new chapter.

June 10: Slate comes back to CHS, having “graduated” the foster program and become a big boy. He has his neuter surgery and will soon be cleared for adoption by CHS’ medical team.

June 13: It’s his big day. A previous adopter makes Slate his new family member! Slate now has a kitty sibling and even dog friends!

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