Animal Services in Brevard looking for around-the-clock kitten feeders

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

Brevard County Animal Services is looking for individuals who can help with around the clock feeding for orphaned kittens.

"These poor animals need it just as much as anyone else," said volunteer George McAleney.

Shelter officials said the kittens must be bottle fed every two to three hours for eight weeks in order to live.

"Some of them are so tiny that they won't survive without their mothers,” said shelter spokeswoman KarlaTorpy.

McAleney brings cat food to the shelter whenever he can. He can't take in any kittens right now but hopes someone will.

WFTV found the shelter is overwhelmed by the number of cats coming in. Staff members said they get the highest number of newborn kittens in what they call kitten season.

The Melbourne location has about five or six foster families willing to take in the newborn kittens until they hit 8 weeks old. The problem is there are 20-25 kittens that need help and expect the number to rise.

This could become a problem without more volunteers. Staff members have stepped up to take home the cats when they can't find another household for them.  The shelter needs foster families willing to take the newborns until they are 8 weeks old.

If anyone is interested in becoming a foster family, contact Brevard County Animal Services.