HOCHATOWN, Okla.—In between the orphaned fawns and injured squirrels, volunteers at the Hochatown Petting Zoo and Wildlife Center have always needed to make room for injured or abandoned kittens.
"No other place locally will take kittens and people are always bringing them to us. We gave away 0ver 100 kittens last year," said Director Tammy Virgin.
Volunteers at Hochatown Wildlife rehabilitate animals found in the wild injured or abandoned. The petting zoo, which includes miniature horses and other tame animals, helps fund the rescue.
Hochatown Kitten Rescue was started to provide care, comfort and compassion to orphaned kittens in need through rescue, adoption, volunteer opportunities and animal care education. The organization is a 501c.
This year, Virgin would like to see a separate kitten rescue open near the wildlife center.
Hochatown Kitten Rescue was started to provide care, comfort and compassion to orphaned kittens in need through rescue, adoption, volunteer opportunities and animal care education.
"It's getting to crowded in there," she said. "We really need another building for the kittens."
The wildlife rescue is trying to raise $10,000 to get a building started.
"We have always had a lot of kittens. I got a call from a lady (recently) who has eight kittens for us," Virgin said. "We have a lot and it's not even breeding season."
The new building will include an area for kittens who are ready to be adopted and another area for sick or injured kittens to be rehabilitated in.
"We always have some that have medical problems and need extra attention," Virgin said.
One rescue named KitKit is now on the road to recovery after being thrown from a car. He lost one leg and had gravel embedded in another leg but has healed and grown into a handsome and smart cat, Virgin said.
Donations for the new building can be made by calling the rescue at 580-494-7387 or messaging the rescue through its Facebook page.
Donations of supplies to the rescue can be made through Amazon or through the rescue's Chewy account at www.chewy.com/g/hochatown-cat-rescue-foundation.
Hochatown Wildlie Rescue and Petting Zoo is located on U.S. Highway 259 north of Broken Bow.