Dakin Humane Society's Kitten ICU (KICU) is a critical lifeline for the most sick, fragile, and vulnerable kittens entering our care aged 5 - 12 weeks during our peak summer months.

Established in 2014, this seasonal program has distinguished itself by providing unparalleled care to kittens who are facing severe health challenges, ranging from upper respiratory infections, dehydration, severe diarrhea, malnourishment, trauma, and other complex issues.

The primary goal of KICU is to nurse kittens back to health by addressing their immediate medical needs through comprehensive treatment and ensuring that these kittens progress to the next stage of their journey - foster and/or adoption.

This program not only provides life-saving care to critically ill kittens but also plays a crucial role in the broader mission of Dakin - to deliver innovative and effective services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them.

Where do the kittens come from?

The majority of kittens entering the KICU are not orphaned but come from a variety of backgrounds where they experienced a rough start to life. They are found outside, through Dakin's Moms Fixed Free program, and the Kitten Street Team as well as kittens surrendered to Dakin. Typically, they are between the ages of 5 - 12 weeks with the majority being 5 - 8 weeks of age.

How can you help?

KICU's success is attributed to the commitment of our 50 Critical Care Crew volunteers who generously contribute their time and expertise to regular weekly shifts. These volunteers form the backbone of the program, ensuring that every kitten receives the care and attention they deserve.

Support kittens and all animals in need by making a gift to support Dakin Humane Society.