Some kittens that come to Palmetto Animal League are orphans in need of urgent, around-the-clock care, while others are fortunate to have the protective embrace of their mother. Rose, Dorothy, Sofia, and Miles, born on Betty White’s birthday and named after characters from “The Golden Girls,” are the precious babies of a homeless cat named Calypso, barely 10 months old herself.

“Calypso is very devoted to her kittens,” said foster Bonnie Wheat. “She’s practically a baby herself, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a great mom and teaching the kittens their manners.”

Cats can become pregnant at 4 months of age. Couple that with our warm climate, which allows cats to reproduce nearly year-round, and you can understand how overwhelming the animal homelessness crisis is in the South. 

While PAL works to educate the community about the importance of spay/neuter, each year we must also prepare for dozens of litters of kittens that will come under our care.

Calypso came to PAL as a stray and gave birth just two weeks later under the watchful eye of her foster. Looking back, Wheat said her decision to foster a mama cat and her kittens was the right thing to do.   

“Being a mom myself, I knew Calypso needed a strong support system,” said Wheat. “It’s an honor to give this young mother the love she deserves, and I get this darling opportunity to watch her kittens grow. I’m enamored with watching them experience all their firsts in life.” 

The official start of spring is still a couple of weeks out, but kitten season is well underway at PAL. Please help us shower spring kittens with all the cozy comforts and a great start in life. There are two ways to help. Visit and click on “Kitten Shower” to send supplies directly to PAL via Amazon; or bring a gift to our Kitten Shower, set for noon to 2 p.m. March 5 at the PAL Adoption Center, 56 Riverwalk Blvd. in Okatie.

Guests will enjoy refreshments, kitten-themed activities for kids, and a chance to explore volunteer opportunities with kittens.

Kitten Shower gifts, donated online or in person, will help precious kittens like Calypso’s grow healthy and strong as they prepare for adoption. When homeless kittens find safety at PAL, their story is just getting started and their next chapter in life will be beautiful thanks to caring people like you. 

Lindsay Perry is the marketing coordinator for Palmetto Animal League.